Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bronzino, Agnolo

Eleanora di Toledo with her son Giovanni de' Medici
oil on wood
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Bronzino, Agnolo (1503-1572)
Italian painter.
He was the outstanding artist of the Tuscan High Mannerist style.
As court painter to the Medici in Florence, he produced large numbers of portraits as well as religious pictures.
His style is cold, refined, aristocratic, and technically brilliant in its rendering of surface details and colors.
His portraits, while highly stylized in their long lines and elegant poses, achieve a formalized stillness that is the ultimate refinement of Mannerism's usually hectic quality.
His influence on later portraiture extended to the 19th-century French master J. A. D. Ingres.