Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo by Alessandro Allori. Tragic story for this one: Eleonora, more often known as “Leonora” or “Dianora”, was “beautiful, gracious, genteel, becoming, charming, affable, and above all had two eyes in her head which were like two stars in their beauty”. Leonora was born in Florence, where she was brought up by Cosimo and Eleanor of Toledo, her aunt and namesake. Betrothed to their son Pietro at the age of 15, she blossomed under the wing of Pietro’s older sister, the artistic patron Isabella, into a vivacious and witty beauty. Her marriage, like Isabella’s, was not a success, and she followed her mentor’s example of taking lovers. For this reason, Pietro had her brought in 1576 to the country retreat of Cafaggiolo, where he strangled her to death with a dog leash. Cosimo’s successor, Francesco I, tacitly approved the murder, and Pietro was never brought to justice for it. Until recently, little was known of Leonora di Garzia di Toledo, and she was not identified as the sitter of several portraits of her. The facts of her life have emerged from the growing scholarship on Isabella de’ Medici, with whom she has much in common.