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Bronzino Florentine Mannerist painter

born in Florence (1503) and died in Florence (1572), aged 69

Uffizi: Hall 64/65 - Bronzino Florence see all

Oil Painting

Holy Family see all

Bronzino was born in Florence, the son of a butcher. According to his contemporary Vasari, Bronzino was a pupil first of Raffaellino del Garbo, and then of Pontormo, to whom he was apprenticed at 14. Pontormo is thought to have introduced a portrait of Bronzino as a child (seated on a step) into one of his series on Joseph in Egypt now in the National Gallery, London. Pontormo exercised a dominant influence on Bronzino's developing style, and the two were to remain collaborators for most of the former's life. An early example of Bronzino's hand has often been detected in the Capponi Chapel in the church of Santa Felicita by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Pontormo designed the interior and executed the altarpiece, the masterly Deposition from the Cross and the sidewall fresco Annunciation. Bronzino apparently was assigned the frescoes on the dome, which however have not survived. Of the four empanelled tondi or roundels depicting each of the evangelists, two were said by Vasari to have been painted by Bronzino. His style however is so similar to his master's that scholars still debate the specific attributions.

1503 in Florence

November 17

Bronzino is born in Florence.

1540 aged 37

Bronzino creates an oil painting called Portrait of Bartolomeo Panciatichi .

Bronzino creates an oil painting called Panciatichi Holy Family .

1545 aged 42

Bronzino creates an oil painting called Portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici .

Bronzino creates an oil painting called Portrait of Eleanor of Toledo .

Bronzino creates an oil painting called Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi .

1572 aged 69 in Florence

November 23

Bronzino dies in Florence.

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