The Drawings of Bronzino

Overview

Drawings by the great Italian Mannerist painter and poet Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) are extremely rare. This important and beautiful publication brings together for the first time nearly all of the sixty drawings attributed to this leading draftsman of the 16th century.

Each drawing is illustrated in color, discussed in detail, and shown with many comparative photographs. Bronzino's technical virtuosity as a draftsman and his mastery of anatomy and perspective are vividly ...

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Overview

Drawings by the great Italian Mannerist painter and poet Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) are extremely rare. This important and beautiful publication brings together for the first time nearly all of the sixty drawings attributed to this leading draftsman of the 16th century.

Each drawing is illustrated in color, discussed in detail, and shown with many comparative photographs. Bronzino's technical virtuosity as a draftsman and his mastery of anatomy and perspective are vividly apparent in each stroke of the chalk, pen, or brush. The younger generations of Florentine artists particularly admired Bronzino for his technical virtuosity as a painter, and Giorgio Vasari praised him for his powers as a disegnatore (designer and draftsman).

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Book Review - Ingrid D. Rowland
"The Metropolitan catalog happily restores Vasari's words to their true meaning, through essays that manage with uncommon skill to address both a general readership and specialists."—Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Book Review
Financial Times
“...seminal, lavish…”—Financial Times
The Art Newspaper
“Their success in lending a new stature to a famous 16th-century Italian artist is no mean achievement.”—The Art Newspaper
London Life Books
“This splendid catalogue introduces him as draughtsman and printmaker, discusses (bravely) his collaborations, and places him in the context of his time. Brilliant."—London Life Books
The New York Times - Holland Cotter
”[A] spectacular catalog. . . [and]. . . the show is a scholarly tour de force.”—Holland Cotter, The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300155129
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carmen C. Bambach is Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Janet Cox-Rearick is Distinguished Professor Emerita, The Graduate Center, CUNY.  George R. Goldner is Drue Heinz Chairman of the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Philippe Costamagna is Curator of the Musée Fesch, Ajaccio, Corsica.  Marzia Faietti is Director of the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence. Elizabeth Pilliod is Professor, the State University of New Jersey-Camden.

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