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Great Babies of History
Posted April 09, 2010 to photo album "Great Babies of History"
With Babies in theaters, we take look back on some of the most memorable babies of all time.
Slide 8: Child of Power - Bronzino’s Portrait of Giovanni de' Medici
Long before baby photos became de rigeur for new parents, the rich and the famous hired court painters to immortalize their little ones. Renaissance power family the Medicis went among the courtly to put their children in paintings. In 1549, the celebrated portrait painter Bronzino captured the innocence of Giovanni de’ Medici, before he grew up to become the Bishop of Pisa—although considering the Medici reputation, it’s unclear whether the little boy is caressing the bird or crushing it to death.