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UFFIZI GALLERY, Florence: The twin portraits of Lucrezia (circa 1545) and Bartolomeo Panciatichi by Agnolo Bronzino (circa 1541) are hidden treasures in the Uffizi. According to Monica Shenouda, an art historian who leads walking seminars for Context Travel in Florence, the paintings are rife with geopolitical symbolism of the 16th century. "Bartolomeo had grown up in Lyon and came to Florence in 1540 as an ambassador to Cosimo I de Medici," Shenouda says. "His wife, Lucrezia Pucci, was a Florentine noblewoman. Their Florentine-ness is suggested by the background of pietra serena architecture and Bartolomeo's posing like one of the Medici statues by Michelangelo. Hints of France remain, notably on Lucrezia's necklace with the individual words 'sans fin amour dure' on plaques.” Lucrezia’s portrait inspired both the novelist Henry James—who used it as a central symbol in the novel “Wings of the Dove”—and Vernon Lee, James's friend and a longtime Florence resident, for her story “Amour Dure.” (Photo: De Agostini/Getty Images; Summerfield Press/CORBIS)