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Bronzino Drawings

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi and the Polo Museale Fiorentino, Florence.

The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund.

Additional support is provided by Dinah Seiver and Thomas E. Foster.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Among Rare Men: Bronzino and Homoerotic Culture at the Medici Court

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The exhibition The Drawings of Bronzino is the first ever dedicated to Agnolo Bronzino (1503 - 1572), the leading Italian Mannerist artist who worked in Florence during the flourishing Medici period. The exhibition includes nearly all the known drawings by or attributed to Bronzino. A painter, draftsman, academician, and witty poet, he became famous as the court artist to the Duke Cosimo I de' Medici and his beautiful wife, the Duchess Eleonora di Toledo.

Lisa Kaborycha, a National Endowment Fellow for the Humanities, describes the world Bronzino inhabited, hoping to create a frame through which to further understand his work. Using Bronzino, his circle of friends, and his paintings, drawings, and poetry as a lens, Kaborycha reconsiders the exalted role of the male relationship in Renaissance Florence.

Lisa Kaborycha, Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities; introduced by Carmen Bambach, curator, Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Learn more about Drawings and Prints at the Met:
http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/drawings-and-prints

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Special Exhibition: The Drawings of Bronzino

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January 20, 2010–April 18, 2010
Curator Carmen Bambach discusses the life and work of the painter, draftsman, teacher, and poet Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, 1503-1572) on the occasion of the first exhibition ever devoted to him.

The Drawings of Bronzino

January 20–April 18, 2010

Accompanied by a catalogue

This exhibition is the first ever dedicated to Agnolo Bronzino (1503–1572), and presents nearly all the known drawings by or attributed to this leading Italian Mannerist artist, who was active primarily in Florence. A painter, draftsman, academician, and enormously witty poet, Bronzino became famous as the court artist to the Duke Cosimo I de' Medici and his beautiful wife, the Duchess Eleonora di Toledo. This monographic exhibition contains approximately sixty drawings from European and North American collections, many of which have never before been on public view.