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Florence 1503 - 1572
Price range
1,000,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Agnolo Bronzino is best known as the leading portraitist at the court of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in the mid sixteenth century Florence.

Cosimo, backed by Spain, was created Grand Duke in 1537, and in opposition to the republican ideals of Florence instituted a benign autocracy whose authoritarian character is often seen as reflected in the cool formality of Bronzino’s portraits. However, the artist was far more than a portrait specialist and achieved equal renown through his religious and mythological paintings.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

1,363,624 $
9,125,000 $
10,665,500 $


The sales are: Piasa – 20 November 2000 lot 21 (this is a work on paper catalogued as ‘attributed to Bronzino’), Christie’s New York – 28 Jan 2015 lot 129, and Sotheby’s New York 26 Jan 2023.
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Notable exhibitions

Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum, Maniera: Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici Florence, 24 February – 5 June 2016. Curated by Dr. Bastian Eclercy.

Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, Bronzino: Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici, 24 September 2010 – 23 January 2011. Curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali.

Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pontormo, Bronzino, and the Medici: The Transformation of the Renaissance Portrait in Florence, 20 November 2004 – 13 February 2005. Curated by Carl Strehlke.

Books on Bronzino

Liana Cheney, ed., Agnolo Bronzino: The Muse of Florence, Washington D.C., 2014.

Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali, eds., Bronzino: Pittore e Poeta alla Corte dei Medici, Florence, 2010.

Charles MacCorquodale, Bronzino, London, 2005.

Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artist, 1550, trans. Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella, New York, 2009.

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