Feste nelle nozze del serenissimo Don Francesco Medici Gran Duca di Toscana; et della sereniss Sua consorte la sig. Bianca Cappello (Celebrations for the marriage of the Most Serene Don Francesco de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and His Most Serene Consort, Bianca Cappello), 1579
Raffaello Gualterotti (Italian, Florentine, 1543–1639)
Published Florence: Stamperia de' Giunti
Printed book with engravings by Accursio Baldi and Bastiano Marsili; Overall 9 x 6 1/8 x 9/16 in. (22.8 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1931 (31.34)
Duke Francesco de' Medici and Bianca Cappello's marriage in 1578 was celebrated with great pomp, partially intended to help establish her in Florentine society. This festival book records the many celebrations organized, including an elaborate pageant in the courtyard of the Pitti palace, where wildly extravagant tableaux were performed. The entire event was said to have cost 300,000 ducats.