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Agnolo Bronzino


"Agnolo Bronzino was the leading court painter of the Florentine School in the middle of the sixteenth century. A Mannerist, Bronzino was a pupil of Jacopo Pontormo, with whom he worked on frescoes. Continuing his master's interest in light, Bronzino developed a rich feeling for color: his paintings are distinguished by a sudden burst of raspberry-red or icy-blue. His allegorical and religious works reveal an unprecedented interest in the female form. Unwilling to give his subjects any particular spiritual significance, Bronzino seemed especially drawn to the nude in seductive paintings that maintain a sense of critical drtachment. In large allegorical works, such as Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time, his pale, elongated nudes pose against a backdrop of symbolic figures and luxurious fabric. As court painter to the first absolute ruler Cosimo de Medici, Bronzino undertook the portrait of his wife and son, Eleanora Toledo and her Son. In this work, Bronzino reveals his skills as a draughtsman, brilliantly conveying the rigid hauteur of his aristocratic sitters as well as capturing the detailed patterning on Eleanora's dress."

- From "The A-Z of Art: The World's Greatest and Most Popular Artists and Their Works", by Nicola Hodge and Libby Anson

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c. 1540-45 An Allegory (Venus, Cupid, Time and Folly)
c. 1540-45 DETAIL OF An Allegory (Venus, Cupid, Time and Folly)
c. 1545 Eleanora di Toledo and Ferdinando de'Medici
c. 1550-55 Lodovico Capponi

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