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"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
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“...seminal, lavish…”—Financial Times
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“Their success in lending a new stature to a famous 16th-century Italian artist is no mean achievement.”—The Art Newspaper (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 (London Life Books)

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

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.

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  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; First Edition edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300155123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300155129
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.6 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ivor E. Zetler on February 18, 2010
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Agnolo Bronzino (1503-72) was the pupil, assistant and probably the lover of Pontormo. He was also the court painter for Cosimo I de' Medici. Today this mannerist artist is primarily remembered for his elegant portrait paintings; his drawings are seldom featured in the many exhibition catalogues that I have encountered. Thus it is a rare treat to encounter a volume that showcases his entire known output of drawings.

There are 60 drawings executed by or attributed to Bronzino presented in this superb Metropolitan Museum catalogue. 26 of these are in the possession of the Uffizi Museum in Florence. Bronzino's drawings, primarily figure studies, were executed as preparatory sketches for paintings. The works are generally of exceptional quality and interest; one is left to wonder why they have received such scant attention in the past. Although they might not approach the originality and standard of the great drawers such as Rubens, Raphael or Michelangelo, Bronzino's efforts are not far behind.

Additional to the drawings are 62 unannotated color reproductions of Bronzino's paintings and tapestry designs. The standard of the color reproductions (mostly life sized for the drawings) are exceptional as is the general printing and paper quality. The essays and annotations are by authorities on Bronzino. Three cheers to the Metropolitan for a wonderful publication.
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This book is the catalog for the current show at the Met in NYC, which is the first exhibition ever devoted in the US to one of the masters of Mannerism in XVIth-century Florence. It is probably one of the best publications put out by the museum in recent years, both for the high-quality illustrations and for the scholarly text.

59 drawings by, or thought to be by, Bronzino, are studied here (his nearly entire known production) and the high point of the book is its explanation why they are thought to be by Bronzino himself and not by other contemporary mannerist artists such as Pontormo. The book also enables the reader to discover a master draughtsman, an artist who used the line as an unequalled means of expression, an artist much more impressive in these small works on paper than in his often pompous court portraits of the rich and famous of the time.
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This is one of the best show catalogs that I have ever seen. The reproductions of Bronzino's masterful drawings are exceptionally accurate and vivid. Anyone interested in drawing should have this book!
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This book not only catalogs and describes the drawings in the exhibit, it also includes stunning color reproductions of 60 paintings, tapestries, and frescoes. Worth it for the reproductions of the paintings alone, more of which are reproduced here than in the other recent (and more expensive) book on Bronzino published by Flammarion. An outstanding value.
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