Old Touraine. The Life and History of the Chateaux of The Loire. -
Theodore Andrea Cook
1912 - Rivingtons, London - Sixth Edition [First Edition 1887]
‘But the finest work of art in the whole chateau is the portrait of Cosmo de Medicis when quite young, which hangs on the right hand of the door; it has unfortunately been retouched all round the face in 1827, but is not seriously damaged; the treatment of the armour and lace, the masterly touches in the growth of the hair round the temples, and the magnificent breadth of the style would almost suggest that, did dates allow of it, this picture was the work of Titian.’ - Cook writing on the Château de Cheverny.
A lovely two volume set of Cook’s authoritative work, entertaining, informing, and well illustrated.