Tuesday, January 02, 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



Blogger Alan Fisk said...

If you're interested, Bronzino's "Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time" is the subject of my historical novel Cupid and the Silent Goddess, which imagines how the painting might have been created in Florence in 1544-5.


Alan Fisk

10:23 AM  
Blogger Anon said...

Nona-People writes:
'Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time' sounds like a book I should get hold of. "...Captures the atmosphere of sixteenth-century Florence and the world of the artists excellently. this is a fascinating imaginative reconstruction of the events during the painting of Allegory with Venus and Cupid." Marina Oliver, historical novelist. "A witty and entertaining romp set in the seedy world of Italian Renaissance artists." Elizabeth Chadwick, award-winning historical novelist.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alan, you should have kept your sex&crime theories regarding Bronzino to yourself. I don't have a high opinion of you after reading what this book is about (and I won't buy the trash). Who are you to assume that Bronzino would have used force?!

3:48 AM  
Blogger Alan Fisk said...

Er: I'm a fiction writer. I don't even know that Bronzino did it at all, whether forcibly or with consent. It may be trash, but if so it's fictional trash, not a history textbook,

4:04 AM  
Blogger laura noname said...

Bronzino corretto una volta / Bronzino corregido una vez

11:19 AM  

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