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Bronzino. Pittore e poeta alla Corte dei Medici

Florence, Bronzino

Following in the footsteps of one of the city’s greatest artists

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Angiolo di Cosimo, better known as Bronzino (1503 – 1572) was born and died in Florence. Visitors to the city can view his works in a variety of places including the Chapel of Eleonora in Palazzo Vecchio. Eleonora of Toledo was the wife of Cosimo I de’Medici and her chapel, entirely decorated by Bronzino from 1540 to 1546, hosts some of the artist’s most important works. Don’t miss viewing the ‘Story of Moses’ which boasts symbolic references to the Grand Duke. Visitors to Palazzo Vecchio can also admire the painter’s works in the Studiolo of Francesco I, a mannerist masterpiece created on a project by Vasari.  The Accademia’s Gallery hosts his ‘Lamentation of the Dead Christ’, commissioned by the Grand Duke for Elba Island’s Franciscan Church.

In Santa Maria Novella (Gaddi Chapel), you can find an altar piece depicting Jesus Christ as he resurrects the child of Giairo; the vault was painted by Bronzino’s student Alessandro Allori. In the nave of Basilica di San Lorenzo, there’s a gigantic fresco representing the Martyr of San Lorenzo, commissioned by Cosimo I in 1565. Finally, at the Museo dell'Opera of Santa Croce, you can admire Bronzino’s most imposing religious work, representing the Christ’s descent into Limbo, dated and signed in 1552.

At the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata, frescoed by the young Alessandro Allori, you can view images of the Christ speaking to Doctors of the Law. The frescoes gallery shows a group of citizens where one can spot the portraits of various artists including Maso da San Friano, Giovanni Maria Butteri, Bronzino and Pontormo and sculptors Baccio Bandinelli and Bartolomeo Ammannati.

In the Church of Santa Felicita, you’ll find Jacopo Pontormo’s decorative works in the Barbadori Chapel, created for Ludovico Capponi. The paintings with the figures of the Evangelists, currently exhibited in Palazzo Strozzi, were attributed to Pontormo and Bronzino. The Costume Gallery in Palazzo Pitti hosts some of the sumptuous clothes the Grand Duchess Elenora di Toledo wore while posing as Bronzino’s sitter.
An astonishing city of art, fashion and tradition
If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss Florence. The Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the ...