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Agnolo Bronzino - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Agnolo Bronzino (1503 - 1572)

Born Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, Il Bronzino studied under Raffaellino del Garbo and Jacopo da Pontormo. He lived and worked in Florence most of his life and was the court painter for the Duke of Tuscany, Cosmo I. He excelled in portraiture and religious works, and was also a well-known poet and member of the Florentine Academy. His work incorporated an interest in light and bright colors. It has been claimed by some that he had dark skin as a symptom of Addison's disease, a condition which affects the adrenal glands and often causes excessive pigmentation of the skin. Towards the end of his life, Bronzino took a prominent part in the activities of the Florentine Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, of which he was a founding member in 1563. The painter Alessandro Allori was his favourite pupil, and Bronzino was living in the Allori family house at the time of his death in Florence in 1572 (Alessandro was also the father of Cristofano Allori). Bronzino spent the majority of his career in Florence.

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