Agnolo Bronzino

By: Page E.

Agnolo Bronzino's Artistic Life

Agnolo Bronzino was born on November 17, 1503 in Monticelli Italy. He was a talented painter and artist. He spent most of his life in Florence Italy, and he also died there. Bronzino attended Raffaellino del Garbo and the court of Duke of Urbino at Pesaro. He also went to the Florentine Academy, but he did not stay there long. Bronzino enjoyed painting portraits. Bronzino studied with many different artists, and traveled to different studios to learn new artistic methods. He traveled a lot, sometimes to escape from the plague, or to stay away from a war. Bronzino worked on many projects with different artists, such as Pontormo. He also loved to learn new things about how to become a better painter from many successful artists. He attended many schools working hard to produce unique art. I found it interesting that Bronzino's religious pieces were so detailed and colorful. He learned art techniques such as how to add clarity and life into his work. He used oil paints as well. He also could make his work look like no other artist, and add great meaning behind each brush stroke. Bronzino's patrons were Pontormo and Vasari. Pontormo played a huge role in Bronzino's life; supporting him like family, and guiding him to become a successful artist. Pontormo helped and taught Bronzino many techniques to painting. Bronzino created many amazing paintings such as:

-Dead Christ supported by Angels

-The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence

-St. Mark


-The Descent of Christ in Limbo

The “isms” or Renaissance Ideals

Humanism was present in Agnolo Bronzino's paintings because he enjoyed paining portraits of people, and families. Humanism is human emotion incorporated in an art piece. He also enjoyed painting religious and holy scenes. Idealism was also a present ism in Bronzino's work because of the great detail and perfect clarity in his work. Idealism has order, simplicity, and clarity. It represents different views on the world, the real and material world. Bronzino's work had great detail and represented the different views on life. Naturalism was there because Bronzino's paintings contained light, texture, and tones. There was amazing color contrast and mood, and the landscapes behind his religious paintings was incredible. There was also illusionism in his art because the landscapes looked far away, and was deceiving.
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"Holy Family with Saints Anne and John the Baptist" by Agnolo Bronzino

This piece was created in 1550. This piece can be found in Musee du Louvre in Paris, France. This piece is significant because it was a unique oil painting. It was a religious painting, representing John the Baptist and St.Anne. It had amazing color contrast, detail, and human emotion. The new techniques used in this piece was how to incorporate color contrast, and human interaction. This piece is a religious painting featuring John the Baptist, St.Anne, and the holy family from the Bible. It was an oil painting, and contained beautiful humans, and a landscape background far away. The humans are colorful, and seem to be representing an incredible story. The landscape behind them is very deceiving because it looks very far away. There is a lot of mood and tone in the picture. Emotion is present through the faces of the people. Humanism is the most closely linked “ism” to this piece because it has a religious meaning. It focuses on the humans and tells a story. It has great human emotion and detail. It captures human interaction and color contrast. St.Anne and John the Baptist are the main people in the picture. I find this piece so interesting because it is a beautiful masterpiece, demonstrating the pure talent of Agnolo Bronzino, and what he loved painting. I can feel the emotion through the art, and I absolutely love the colors, tones, and story it is telling. Religious paintings are gorgeous because of how it captures an important moment in history.

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with St. Anne and the Infant St. John the Baptist. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Bronzino, Agnolo. Holy Family with Saints Anne and John the Baptist. 1550. oil on canvas.

Musee du Louvre, Paris France.