Portrait of Eleanor of Toledskoy with the son of Giovanni Medici, Anolo Bronzino, 1545

Portrait of Eleanor of Toledskoy with the son of Giovanni Medici, Anolo Bronzino, 1545
Portrait of Eleanor of Toledskoy with the son of Giovanni Medici, Anolo Bronzino, 1545 - 1

  • Posted by Anolo Bronzino
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1545

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Eleanor of Toledskoy with the son of Giovanni Medici – Anolo Bronzino. 1545. Oil on canvas. 115x9b

   Anolo Bronzino (150Z-1572) was a representative of manierism, a picturesque direction that arose in the bowels of the high Renaissance. Manierism put art above nature, from here – some coldness that blows from the artist’s works. At the same time, portraits of his brush are full of the knowledge of a person that is available only to large masters.

   Eleanor of Toledsky, daughter of the Neapolitan vice king and wife of Cosimo I Medici, and her children Bronzino wrote more than once, but this portrait is almost the best. She is represented here as the ruler of Tuscany. A woman is dressed in a luxurious dress of silver brocade with golden sewing, on her head is a pearl net, on her chest are pearl necklaces, her face is whitewashed and has a detached expression. But the chubby baby, whom Eleanor presses against herself, makes us forget about her title and see that in front of us, first of all, is a mother (she gave birth to eleven children), loving her child and worried about him. The maternal anxiety, which she could not hide even for the sake of etiquette, was noticed in the look of the woman Bronzino. It turns out that the whole luxurious outfit of the duchess is a kind of distracting maneuver that makes the viewer consider secondary things in order to later meet with Eleanor and understand that this picture was created by an artist who deeply understood the person.