In these teacher materials, and during the videoconference, selected paintings from the museum's collection help acquaint students with the Renaissance, the transitional period of European history
In this lesson, students will learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio. They will see the appearance of these numbers in art, architecture, and nature.
Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, 1503-1572)
oil on wood, Framed: 81.50 x 68.50 x 5.00 cm (32 1/16 x 26 15/16 x 1 15/16 inches); Unframed: 60.00 x 48.80 cm (23 9/16 x 19 3/16 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.121
Bronzino was court painter to Cosimo I de’Medici, the Duke of Florence. Though the woman cannot be definitively identified, she was likely affiliated with the Medici court. As in most of the portraits in this gallery, Bronzino emphasizes wealth, status, and courtly refinement above personality or individualized expression. The plain background further accentuates the work’s monumentality and grandeur, despite its small scale. The hand placed against the chest with elegantly spread fingers extends back to an ancient Greek pose of modesty, here emphasizing the proper comportment of a woman of high status. The sitter wears a linen partlet (collar) delicately embroidered in matt stitch, part of which is, like her cuffs, trimmed in fine lace.
Meisterwerke alter Malerei aus Frankfurter Privatbesitz, Städelisches Kunst Institut, Frankfurt, 1925, no. 28 (pl. XXVII)
The Year in Review for 1973, CMA, Jan 30-March, 1983, no. 34.
Master Goldsmiths of the Renaissance: Their Models and Designs, CMA, Nov. 2, 1982- March 20, 1983. Gallery A- no catalogue
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