Agnolo

Bronzino

Artistic period 1501 to 1550

Nationality

Italian

Birth

1503 (Firenze)

Death

1572 (Firenze)

Biography

Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, also known as Agnolo Tori, Bronzino, (* 17 November 1503 in Monticelli, a district of Florence today; † 23 November 1572 in Florence) was an Italian painter of Mannerism.

Bronzino was a painter of frescoes, altarpieces, devotional paintings and allegorical and mythological scenes. However, he distinguished himself above all as an outstanding portrait painter. As in Raphael's case, his works could be spread through the new possibilities of printmaking.

Bronzino was an educated and well-read painter who knew well the works of the great humanist authors of the century, such as Dante, Pietro Bembo or Petrarca. He was an author of poems and a member of the Florentine Academy.