"Head of a Young Woman," circa 1543-45.
Photo: Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence
"Head of a Curly-Haired Child Looking Up to the Right"
(study for the Christ Child in the Holy Family with St. Elizabeth and St. John) Ca. 1527.
Black chalk, 12 5/8 x 9 11/16 inches.
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden
Agnolo Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano Tori) (Italian, Monticelli 1503 - 1572 Florence),
Head of a Bearded, Young Man in Profile Facing Right, 1545-55.
Black chalk on light brown paper, 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (21 x 15.8 cm).
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 2001. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Agnolo Bronzino, "Head of a Smiling Young Woman in Three-Quarter View", ca. 1542-43.
Charcoal and black chalk (with stumping), highlighted with white chalk,
on white paper; some outlines stylus-incised.
Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts
Strokes, lines, shading,
This artistry of soul
Delicate and bold
Breath and life
In the touching, capturing,
Portraying of beauty known.
Rose Marie Raccioppi
To stand before such beauty, to be in the presence of such artistry,
to know that in this moment lives the art of centuries past,
is to live the glory of creation eternal.
On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from January 20 through April 18, 2010
the great Florentine court artist of the Medici.