Persian Hunt (inv. 1890 n. 5036)
In the scene’s center foreground a black African page on foot, wearing white pearl earrings, turns his head to span the gaze of the viewer before and back toward a courtier sitting in front of his trained cheetah, engaged in conversation with a woman. Such portrayal of a black figure in a courtly retinue as well as hunting cheetahs had become a Medici emblem since Gozzoli’s Procession of the Magi in the Medici Chapel, where the Medici had first associated themselves with the virtues of ancient Persia . The brilliantly colored costumes of the riders, yellow silk and gold, velvet jackets and feathered headdresses recall the description of the mock performances at the 1616 “War of Love” festivals. Other elements such as the dwarf, typically naked in Medici art and festivals, here dressed as king, as well as the imitation calligraphy on the elephants, transform the scene into an entertaining burlesque.
 Guardaroba Medici 373, c. 177 Cat. Dipinto n. 77. The paintings appear as Cacciatori Orientali in the 2004 exhibition in Sakip Sabanki Museum in Istanbul, and as Cacciatori Persiani in the 2007 Palazzo Pitti exhibition.
 In 1619 Cosimo II received sonnets from G.B. Vecchietti casting the Grand Duke and his Dame in “imitation of the practice of Persian Poets” in Persian princely courts. That same year, in 1619, a new academy in Florence planned to adopt a Persian calligraphy as its emblem. See Yousefzadeh, “Exile and Writing Between Florence and Persianate Worlds,” I Tatti Studies, September 2021.
 Angelica Groom, Exotic Animals in the Art and Culture of the Medici Court in Florence, Brill, 2018. Marco Massetti, “New World and other Exotic Animals in the Italian Renaissance: The Menageries of Lorenzo il Magnifico and his son, Pope Leo X.” (Brill, 2018). Angelica Broom, 2018.
 Yousefzadeh, “Sea of Oman: Ferdinand I, G.B. Vecchietti and the Armour of Shah Abbas of Persia,” Rivista Degli Studi Orientali, 2018.
 For the description of 1578 wedding of Francesco I see Mahnaz Yousefzadeh, “The Burrato of the Bargello” in Toscano and Ampkaedts.,ReSignifacation, 2017. During the traditional Battle on the Bridge for the wedding festivals of Cosimo II in 1608, a figure representing Shah Abbas of Persia announced as “monarch of the Orient and the true heir and successor of Cyrus” presented his soldiers as adept at court as in combat pledged allegiance to the Gran Duke. Descrizione delle feste fatte nelle reali nozze de' Serenissimi principi di Toscana d. Cosimo de' Medici, e Maria Maddalena arciduchessa d'Austria (1608).
 Angelica Groom, Exotic Animals in the Art and Culture of the Medici Court in Florence, Brill, 2018.
 Richard Trexler, Journey of the Magi, Princeton University Press, 1997.