Bronzino (1503-1572) was an Italian painter who was known for his Mannerist paintings.

Bronzino Summary:

  • He was born Agnolo di Cosimo and adapted the nickname Bronzino after his dark skin or reddish-brown hair.
  • He became a member of the Florentine Academy of Art in 1537.
  • He was the court painter of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’ Medici.
  • Although he was mostly known for his portraits, he also painted religious and allegorical subjects.
  • He trained under Pontormo, the leading Mannerist painter at the time, and finished the latter’s frescoes after his death.

Bronzino Famous Paintings:

  • Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time (1540-1546)
  • Eleonora di Toledo col figlio Giovanni (1544-1545)
  • Portrait of a Young Man (1950-1955)
  • The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (undated)
  • A Young Woman with her Little Boy (1540)
  • Portrait of a Man Holding a Statuette (1545)
  • Portrait of Bia de’ Medici (ca. 1545)

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