Agnolo Bronzino

Agnolo Bronzino
Years of life: 1503 – 1572
Artist's Teachers: Jacopo Pontormo
Artist's students: Alessandro Allori
Art Movement: Mannerism (Late Renaissance)
Painting School: Florentine School
Genre: Mythology , Portrait , Religious
Country: Italy
Century: XVI

He is best known for his arrogant, icy portraits. Court painter to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, a man of humble origins.

A cold restraint distinguishes his portraits. Note the poses and expressions of faces full of self-confidence, contempt, or disdain; his paintings are characterized by the ease and confidence of pictorial technique, sophisticated composition, rich cold coloring.

Note the unnatural smoothness of the skin. Notice how the faces and bodies are elongated, and the eyes often seem empty like those of dolls. The composition of the allegorical and relativistic paintings is complex and intricate, and many figures whose poses are deliberately stolen from Michelangelo.

Agnolo Bronzino’s major works are A Lady with a Dog, c. 1529–30 (Frankfurt: Städelsches Kunstinstitut); The Panciatichi Holy Family, 1540 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Lucrezia di Cosimo

    between 1555 and 1565

    Lucrezia di Cosimo   •  between 1555 and 1565

  • Garcia de' Medici

    1550

    Garcia de' Medici   •  1550

  • Saint Sebastian

    1533

    Saint Sebastian   •  1533

  • Portrait of Piero di Cosimo de' Medici

    between 1550 and 1570

    Portrait of Piero di Cosimo de' Medici  •  between 1550 and 1570

  • Pygmalion and Galatea

    between 1529 and 1530

    Pygmalion and Galatea  •  between 1529 and 1530

  • Portrait of a Baby Boy

    between 1540 and 1549

    Portrait of a Baby Boy   •  between 1540 and 1549

  • Holy Family with John the Baptist

    1540

    Holy Family with John the Baptist  •  1540

  • Deposition of Christ

    from 1540 until 1545

    Deposition of Christ   •  from 1540 until 1545

  • Eleonora di Toledo with her son Francesco

    1549

    Eleonora di Toledo with her son Francesco   •  1549

  • Portrait of Lodovico Capponi junior

    between 1550 and 1555

    Portrait of Lodovico Capponi junior  •  between 1550 and 1555

  • Portrait of Leonor Álvarez de Toledo (1519–1562)

    1543

    Portrait of Leonor Álvarez de Toledo (1519–1562)  •  1543

  • Portrait of a girl with a Missal

    1535

    Sometimes the girl is identified with a Medici princess

    Portrait of a girl with a Missal  •  1535

  • Portrait of Giovanni de' Medici (1543-1562), son of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, as a Child

    1545

    Portrait of Giovanni de' Medici (1543-1562), son of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, as a Child  •  1545

  • Portrait of Bia de' Medici

    between 1542 and 1545

    Portrait of Bia de' Medici   •  between 1542 and 1545

  • Dead Christ, Mary and Mary Magdalene

    between 1528 and 1530

    Dead Christ, Mary and Mary Magdalene  •  between 1528 and 1530

  • Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

    1550

    Virgin and Child with Saint Anne   •  1550

  • Portrait of the poet Laura Battiferri, wife of sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati

    1550-1555

    Portrait of the poet Laura Battiferri, wife of sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati  •  1550-1555

  • Portrait of Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino

    1532

    Also was known as Ippolito de' Medici's portrait

    Portrait of Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino  •  1532

  • The Holy Family

    between 1540 and 1550

    The Holy Family  •  between 1540 and 1550

  • Venus, Cupido and Satyr

    1553-1555

    Venus, Cupido and Satyr  •  1553-1555

  • Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi

    1540

    Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi   •  1540

  • Portrait of a Nobleman

    between 1550 and 1555

    Portrait of a Nobleman   •  between 1550 and 1555

  • Maria (di Cosimo I) de' Medici

    1551

    Maria (di Cosimo I) de' Medici   •  1551

  • Portrait of a young man with a lute

    between 1530 and 1532

    Portrait of a young man with a lute  •  between 1530 and 1532

  • Portrait of Ugolino Martelli (1519-1592)

    from 1535 until 1538

    Portrait of Ugolino Martelli (1519-1592)   •  from 1535 until 1538

  • The Adoration of the Shepherds

    between 1539 and 1540

    The Adoration of the Shepherds   •  between 1539 and 1540

  • Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi

    1540

    Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi   •  1540

  • Portrait of Stefano Colonna

    1546

    Portrait of Stefano Colonna   •  1546

  • Portrait of Pope Clement VII

    between 1564 and 1570

    Portrait of Pope Clement VII   •  between 1564 and 1570

  • Portrait of a Man Holding a Statuette

    between 1545 and 1555

    Portrait of a Man Holding a Statuette   •  between 1545 and 1555

  • Portrait of Andrea Doria as Neptune

    between 1550 and 1555

    Portrait of Andrea Doria as Neptune   •  between 1550 and 1555

  • Cosimo I de' Medici in Armour

    1550

    Cosimo I de' Medici in Armour   •  1550

  • Noli me tangere

    1561

    Noli me tangere   •  1561

  • Portrait of the Dwarf Nano Morgante

    1552

    Portrait of a dwarf Morgantе (Nano Morgante) after restoration.

    Portrait of the Dwarf Nano Morgante   •  1552

  • Allegorical Portrait of Dante

    1530s

    Allegorical Portrait of Dante  •  1530s

  • Portrait of the Dwarf Nano Morgante

    1552

    Portrait of a dwarf Morgantе (Nano Morgante) after restoration.

    Portrait of the Dwarf Nano Morgante   •  1552

  • Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici

    1555-1565

    Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici   •  1555-1565

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