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Author Cox-Rearick, Janet.

Title Bronzino's Chapel of Eleonora in the Palazzo Vecchio / Janet Cox-Rearick.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1993]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  759.5 BRON/COX    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxix, 445 pages, 31 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 31 cm.
Series California studies in the history of art ; 29.
California studies in the history of art ; 29.
Notes "A Centennial book"--P. [iv].
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-428) and indexes.
Summary Do the sacred decorations of a Florentine Renaissance chapel--saints, symbols, and scriptural stories--hold personal and political meanings? Cox-Rearick's ground-breaking book explores the message hidden in the frescoes and altar panels of the Chapel of Eleonora di Toledo, painted in the early 1540s by Agnolo Bronzino for the Spanish-born wife of Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Bronzino, then the chief painter to the Medici court, was largely responsible for the invention in Florence of the highly self-conscious, elegant Maniera style. Cox-Rearick interweaves her account of the Medici biography with an examination of Bronzino's commission in the broader context of his oeuvre.
Cox-Rearick reveals the Chapel of Eleonora as an intimately devised decorative program that transmits messages about its patrons and Medici rule. Detailed color photographs of the newly restored art splendidly document this early tour de force of a major artist whose works are still relatively unexamined.
Subject Bronzino, Agnolo, 1503-1572 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Cappella di Eleonora (Palazzo vecchio, Florence, Italy)
Bible -- Illustrations.
ISBN 0520074807 (alk. paper)