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Agnolo Bronzino. Painter to the Medici & the elite of 16th century Florence

11 days ago   |   By Chez Namaste Nancy

Poet Laura Battiferi of Urbino, Rome, and Florence, painted in 1560 holding a book of Petrarch's sonnets, by Agnolo Bronzino. Agnolo Bronzino's was the man to hire for a power portrait in mid-16th-century Florence. He could turn toddlers into potentates and make new-money Medicis look like decent people. His painting shaped late Mannerism, the profane, twisty, prosthetic style that erupted, like a repressed libido, between the humanist sanctities of the Renaissance and the smells and bells of the Counter-Reformation.
Exquisite lady in red and her son Bronzino - a nickname - was born...
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