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