the Cosimo convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Cosimo convex mirror is a combination of gold and crystal. An antique oval frame was stripped and gilded by me then the inner concave curved was loaded with clear Venetian glass rods. The mirror itself was executed in white gold. Quartz rock crystals were used as the rays of the sunburst.

The Cosimo convex mirror measures about 21 inches by 18 inches.It hangs in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.

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A bust of Cosimo I by Benvenuto Cellini in 1550

The Cosimo convex mirror is named for the most glamorous of the ruling Medici. He came to become the Grand Duke through a series of plots and assassinations. He was only 17. He reigned till he died in 1574. He was renown for his support of the arts, architecture, archeology, the natural sciences and civic construction( roads, ports, drainage projects). He renewed the administration of justice by issuing a new criminal code, creating an efficient judicial system and police force. All in all, he was an enlightened despot who improved and advanced Florence and Tuscany.

Cosimo as Orpheus by Bronzino in 1537

Cosimo had 17 children, both legitimate and illegitimate. Here’s a great article about them: