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).
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 Musee 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.