Saturday, November 17, 2007

Agnolo Bronzino

Bronzino - Detail from The deposition of Christ

Bronzino - Palazzo Vechio, Florence

Bronzino - Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time

Bronzino - Portrait of a Young man

Pontormo - Joseph in Egypt

Agnolo Bronzino was a 16th century Florentine artist and poet who became court painter to Cosimo de Medici.

In Jacopo Pontormo's painting Joseph in Egypt, the boy with the dark cloak and brown tunic, sitting on the first step of the stairs, is Agnolo Bronzino.

Bronzino was the adopted son of Jacopo Pontormo and scholars believe that Pontormo and Bronzino were lovers.

Bronzino adopted one of his own pupils, Alessandro Allori, as his son.

According to Michael Cornelius, "In sixteenth-century Florence, this type of arrangement often signaled a sexual relationship between two men; an older man adopting his younger lover was quite common." arts >> Bronzino, Agnolo

Bronzino's poetry "contains homoerotic references and allusions."

Bronzino's painting Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time (ca 1540-1545) "conveys strong feelings of eroticism under the pretext of a moralizing allegory." - WebMuseum: Bronzino, Agnolo

Michael Cornelius writes: "There is an undeniable homoerotic subtext to several of Bronzino's famous portraits, including Portrait of a Young Man (ca 1535-1540)... parts of the young man's garb, especially his ring and sash, may act as symbols suggesting his sexuality." arts >> Bronzino, Agnolo


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