Agnolo Bronzino Biography and Artwork

Agnolo Bronzino was a prominent figure of Florentine Mannerism, who revolutionized 16th-century painting with his polished and elegant portraits. Born in 1503 in Monticelli near Florence, Bronzino studied under Raffaellino del Garbo and Jacopo da Pontormo. His style was influenced by the greats like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Durer.

Bronzino became the primary court painter of the Florentine School in the mid-sixteenth century. He is best known for his icy portraits, including the celebrated Venus. His skill was exceptional and evident in his works like “Allegory of Love” series.

Despite being famous for wealthy patrons who commissioned him to create overtly flattering paintings that showcased their power and status, Agnolo Bronzino’s art is marked with deep psychological insight into human nature that sets it apart from typical Mannerism works.

Bronzino died in his native Florence in 1572 but left a lasting legacy as one of Italy’s best portrait painters whose captivating imagery continues to inspire artists today.

All Agnolo Bronzino Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
An Allegory (Venus, Cupid, Time and Folly) c.1542 Oil on Panel
Lodovico Capponi c. 1550-55 Oil on panel
Eleanora di Toledo and her son Giovanni 1544 - 1545 Oil on Panel
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