Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) was one of the leading representatives of Florentine Renaissance art. In this book, the eminent French art historian Maurice Brock provides a detailed analysis of Bronzino's remarkable oeuvre, taking into account the latest developments in scholarship and drawing on information about the Renaissance artist's life that has recently come to light.
Eschewing a chronological approach, Bronzino examines the paintings according to genre, focusing above all on Bronzino's portraits and little-known religious paintings, and in particular on the little-known altarpieces and private devotional pictures.
For Bronzino, art was the imitation of art, not the faithful imitation of nature. Bronzino explains how he borrowed from other art forms, notable sculpture, and it looks at the relationship between Bronzino's paintings.