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From the middle of the 16th century the city of Siena had been part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, ruled over by the Medici family. For a time the Sienese School of painting rivalled Florence but the city's subjugation in the 16hth century led to a decline in its artistic tradition. Mattio Bolognini, from whom Bargrave acquired a portrait, was probably a lesser-known member of a family of painters practicing under that name at Bologna making a living in the more provincial city of Siena.

Image of Bargrave, between his nephew and friend drawn in 1647 by Signor Mattio Bolognini

Bargrave, between his nephew and friend. 1647, Signor Mattio Bolognini

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