Feste nelle nozze de don Francesco Medici gran duca di Toscana; et della ... sig. Bianca Cappello, Florence, October 14, 1579

Author: Written by Raffaello Gualterotti (Italian, Florence 1543–1639 Florence)

Printer: Printed by Stamperia Giunti , Florence

Date: 1579

Medium: Etching, woodcuts

Dimensions: Overall: 9 x 6 1/8 x 9/16 in. (22.8 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1931

Accession Number: 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.