The Drawings of Bronzino

Carmen C. Bambach, Janet Cox-Rearick, and George R. Goldner; With contributions by Philippe Costamagna, Marzia Faietti, and Elizabeth Pilliod; Edited by Carmen Bambach

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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 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.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1/20/10 – 4/18/10)

"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

“...seminal, lavish…”—Financial Times

“Their success in lending a new stature to a famous 16th-century Italian artist is no mean achievement.”—The Art Newspaper

“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

”[A] spectacular catalog. . . [and]. . . the show is a scholarly tour de force.”—Holland Cotter, The New York Times

Gold Medal winner for the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Fine Arts Category
ISBN: 9780300155129
Publication Date: February 16, 2010
Publishing Partner: Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
336 pages, 9 x 11
119 b/w + 155 color illus.
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