Portrait of a Man with a Medal of Cosimo the Elder tempera painting by Botticelli at the age of 29

made out of wood panel and tempera from 1474 to 14785

57.5 x 44 cms (221/2 x 171/4 ins)

The Uffizi Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

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