The Portrait Society | Bartolomeo Bimbi

18/6/1997 | 4th quarter 20th centuryCharcoal and acrylic on canvasH x L : 50 x 40 cm

Bartolomeo Bimbi was an Italian painter who specialised in scientific still lifes and depictions of animals. After training in Rome, he became court painter to the Medici family in Florence. He painted several series of still lifes for the residences of the Grand Dukes Ferdinand II and Cosimo III de' Medici. The scientific accuracy with which Bimbi depicted animals, flowers and vegetables is remarkable, as is the fact that he also botanically classified the subjects he depicted. He probably had contact with the natural scientists at the Medici court. In 1685, he painted two large-format still lifes, "Grapes" and "Citrus", for the Medici Villa Ambrogiana. For the paintings, which are now in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, he designed frames on which plants are also depicted and classified in a scientifically correct manner. One of Bimbi's still lifes is featuring in the MNHA collection.


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