Monday, April 16, 2012

Allori, Alessandro

The Annunciation
Oil on panel
103 x 162 cm
Galleria dell' Accademia, Florence

Alessandro Allori (1535 – 1607) was an Italian prolific and active portrait painter of the late Mannerist Florentine school.
After a short sojourn in Rome, where he was influenced by Michelangelo's art, Allori returned to his native Florence where he became one of the principal painters for the ruling family of Florence, the Medici. He was appointed director of the Florentine tapestry factory in the mid-1570s.
Allori was one of the last notable Italian exponents of Mannerism, painting in a style that was becoming outmoded by the time of his death.