Bronzino

1503 - 1572
Agnolo di Cosimo (called Bronzino) was the leading painter of mid-16th-century Florence. According to Vasari he is the boy on the steps in his teacher Pontormo's 'Joseph with Jacob in Egypt', also in the National Gallery. Influenced, like many other artists of his generation, by Michelangelo, Bronzino is classed as a Mannerist. The refined and stylish artificiality associated with this label can be best appreciated in his 'Allegory'.

Bronzino is chiefly famous for his portraits, especially those of Cosimo de' Medici, first Duke of Florence (1537), his wife Eleonora da Toledo (both in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence), their children and members of their court. Bronzino's frescoes and other religious paintings are as stylish and carefully designed as his portraits. See for instance his 'Madonna and Child' in the Collection.

Related paintings

Portrait of Piero de' Medici ('The Gouty')
Bronzino
probably about 1550-70
Portrait of Piero de' Medici ('The Gouty')
Portrait of a Young Man
Bronzino
probably 1550-5
Portrait of a Young Man
The Madonna and Child with Saints
Bronzino
probably about 1540
The Madonna and Child with Saints
Portrait of a Lady
Follower of Bronzino
probably 1575-85
Portrait of a Lady
 
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