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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 2, June 2013

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Steven Carter
Tucson, Arizona, USA


Agnolo Bronzino’s Eleanora of Toledo

Check out that fat little Medici kid! He looks like an eight-year-old whose football was taken from him by bullies. Of course he’ll grow up trying to compensate.

The mother: gorgeous, resembling a young Grace Kelly–including the exquisite slender fingers, almost Mannerist in length. You just know her marriage to Cosimo de Medici isn’t a happy one. She reminds me of a young woman whose conversation I overheard at the Swan Bar:

“Well, I did my duty again last night.”

And the other:

“Do you ever laugh in your husband’s face after sex? I do.”

Then:

“I wish I could go back—”

“Not to childhood!”

“No, no—I’d like to live in a different century. . .”

“What would you do in a different century?”

“I’d be—what were they called?—a courtesan.”

entombed
in a glass case—
butterfly

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