The portraits of Agnolo and Maddalena Doni by Raphael | Artworks | Uffizi GalleriesAccessible versionStandard versionAccessibilityArtworksHyperVisionsExhibitionsEventsSpecial visitsMagazineDonorsDigital ArchivesItaEngTicketsSearch the websiteCloseHomeThe UffiziPaintingArtworksSharePortraits of Agnolo and Maddalena Doni (front); the Flood and Deucalion and Pyrrha (back)AuthorRaffaello Sanzio (Urbino 1483 – Rome 1520) and Maestro di SerumidoDatec. 1504-1507MuseumCollectionLocationRoom 41TechniqueOil on basswood panelSize63.5 x 45 cmInventoryInv. 1912 nos. 61, 59The two paintings portray Agnolo Doni (1474-1539), a rich fabric merchant and prominent figure among the Florentine upper class, and his wife, noblewoman Maddalena Strozzi (1489-1540), who married on 31 January 1504. According to Giorgio Vasari (Le Vite, Edizione Giuntina 1568) the works were commissioned to Raphael by Agnolo: “Whilst he was living in Florence, Agnolo Doni, who was very careful with his money in other things but willing to spend it, although still with the greatest possible economy - on works of painting and sculpture, in which he much delighted, asked him [Raphael] to make portraits of himself and of his wife; these may be seen in the possession of Giovan Battista, his son, in the beautiful and most comfortable house of Agnolo, on Corso de’ Tintori, near the Canto degli Alberti, in Florence.” Agnolo also commissioned the round painting of the Holy Family, known as the , to Michelangelo Buonarroti. Both portraits were painted en pendant and originally formed a diptych, held together by hinges that made it possible to look at the scenes painted on the backs. These are two episodes, one a consequence of the other, taken from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: The Flood, on the back of Agnolo’s portrait, and the following rebirth of humanity thanks to Deucalion and Pyrrha, on the back of the portrait of Maddalena. These stories, painted in monochrome, were the work of a colleague of the young Raphael, whose identity remains anonymous but who is thought to be the so-called Maestro di Serumido, a figure identified by Federico Zeri, who attributed a group of works in similar style to this same artist. The choice to paint the works in black and white reflects a taste for the Flemish styles that were popular in 15th- and 16th-century Florence, where the panels of diptychs and triptychs would traditionally have monochrome decorations on the back. The two scenes are to be interpreted as allegories that seem to wish fertility to the marriage. Ovid narrates how the gods allowed Deucalion and Pyrrha, an elderly couple without children to save themselves from the flood and to restore life to mankind after it. On the order of Zeus, the pair threw stones over their shoulders, and once they touched the oil, the stones became people – the ones thrown by Deucalion became men and the ones thrown by Pyrrha, women. These references strengthen the theory, put forward by the majority of critics, that the portraits were commissioned for the marriage of the young couple, dating them to somewhere between 1504 and 1506, the year in which the furniture for the Donis’ marriage chamber was completed by Francesco del Tasso and Morto da Feltre.. is made for you if you are looking for a selection of the most popular videos on the web, updated daily so you always are up with leading trends and matters worth discussing.. The two paintings portray Agnolo Doni (1474-1539), a rich fabric merchant and prominent figure among the Florentine upper class, and his wife, noblewoman Maddalena Strozzi (1489-1540), who married on 31 January 1504..