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The bearer of a gonfalon.

[French, from Italian gonfaloniere, from gonfalone, gonfalon; see gonfalon.]
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(Historical Terms) the chief magistrate or other official of a medieval Italian republic, esp the bearer of the republic's gonfalon
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Explored in some depth was Artemisia the portraitist, and several works were included: Portrait of a Gonfaloniere of 1622 (fig.
On May 7, Giulio Carobbi, the acting Florentine Gonfaloniere, wrote a letter to Gioacchino Rasponi, Mayor of Ravenna, in which he expressed Florence's desire that "le Ceneri del Grande riposassero nella sua Citta" (195-96).
Looking down to the Gonfaloniere, he say said, 'Look at it now.' 'It pleases me better,' responded the Gonfaloniere; 'you have given it life!' The great sculptor descended his scaffold and said he pitied those who make a show of understanding matters about which they really know nothing."
The procession was led first by a standard painted with an image of the Virgin Mary and then by a statue of de' Pazzi carried aloft by the gonfaloniere of a confraternity (Tomada does not say which confraternity).
The exception, hung next to a portrait of a Musketeer of a Gentleman with Dog (1622-25) by her friend Simon Vouet, is her Portrait of a Gonfaloniere (1622), which acutely catches the fussy effeminacy of the subject.
Here the Furioso mourns the passing of what Luigi Guicciardini, Gonfaloniere di Giustizia in Florence in 1527, called a golden age of peace and political stability; years which his brother Francesco described as the most prosperous and peaceful in Italy's history.
1355) and that descending from Averardo di Averardo di Filippo (Gonfaloniere in 1314).
11 In which country was a gonfaloniere a high official in bygone days?