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Agnolo Bronzino

Italian, 1503–1572

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Agnolo Bronzino

Italian, 1503–1572

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Best known for his Mannerist portraits, Agnolo Bronzino (usually known as Il Bronzino) served as court painter to Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici for most of his career, and influenced the course of European court painting. With a removed, unemotional style, Bronzino excelled at capturing real-world subjects, but was less successful as a religious painter. Instead of conveying a sitter’s character, his carefully composed images aimed to establish a subject’s social standing and restraint. The pupil and adopted son of the artist Pontormo, Bronzino’s body of work includes idealized images of the poets Dante and Petrarch, as well as members of the Florentine elite. Bronzino greatly admired the works of Raphael and Michelangelo.

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Biography

Best known for his Mannerist portraits, Agnolo Bronzino (usually known as Il Bronzino) served as court painter to Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici for most of his career, and influenced the course of European court painting. With a removed, unemotional style, Bronzino excelled at capturing real-world subjects, but was less successful as a religious painter. Instead of conveying a sitter’s character, his carefully composed images aimed to establish a subject’s social standing and restraint. The pupil and adopted son of the artist Pontormo, Bronzino’s body of work includes idealized images of the poets Dante and Petrarch, as well as members of the Florentine elite. Bronzino greatly admired the works of Raphael and Michelangelo.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The New Yorker
Articles Featuring Agnolo Bronzino
Why the Mannerists’ Bizarre Paintings Deserve a Second Look
Nov 26th, 2018
Why the Mannerists’ Bizarre Paintings Deserve a Second Look
The Italian Renaissance
Dec 21st, 2015
The Italian Renaissance
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