The Florentine painter Agnolo Bronzino is best known as court artist to the Medici, and many of his most famous works are portraits of the ducal family. Yet Bronzino completed a number of paintings before his association with Duke Cosimo’s court began. This lecture shows how certain of these earlier works respond to an altogether different political atmosphere, one in which republican culture still thrived in defiant, if sometimes furtive, manifestations.
Julia Siemon is a lecturer at Columbia University and a Research Associate in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is curating an exhibition on late Renaissance silver and editing/co-authoring an accompanying volume. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a B.A. in art history and Spanish from Washington University in Saint Louis. Research for her doctoral dissertation (“Bronzino, Politics and Portraiture in 1530s Florence”) was carried out with the support of fellowships from the Medici Archive Project and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.
This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation
This lecture was recorded Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at The Frick Collection, New York