The bust of Francesco Maria II Della Rovere, last Duke of Urbino, was sculpted by Giovanni Bandini in 1583, but the drapery was added by Giovan Battista Foggini in 1691 ca. Giovanni Bandini (1539/1540-1599) at the service of Francesco Maria II realized the marble bust of his patron as well as a group of portraits of the Duke's grandfather, Francesco Maria I. This paper aims to connect the commission of the sculpted portraits to the political agenda and to the unfortunate dynastic vicissitudes of Francesco Maria II, against the backdrop of the events that led to the devolution of Urbino to the Holy See in 1631.
La politica dei ritratti scolpiti. Attorno al busto di Francesco Maria II Della Rovere di Giovanni Bandini / Mezzolani, Valerio. - (2019), pp. 131-139.