Agnolo Bronzino, ‘Portrait of a Young Man’, ca. 1530-1539, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Agnolo Bronzino

Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1530-1539

Oil on wood
37 5/8 × 29 1/2 in
95.6 × 74.9 cm
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
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.

Agnolo Bronzino, ‘Portrait of a Young Man’, ca. 1530-1539, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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About the work
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
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.

Agnolo Bronzino

Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1530-1539

Oil on wood
37 5/8 × 29 1/2 in
95.6 × 74.9 cm
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