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

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

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