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Mannerist painter and poet Agnolo di Cosimo Bronzino was born in Florence #onthisday in 1503.
Saint John the Baptist’s artificially posed figure is confined in a space that seems too small to contain his muscular frame. His torso twists to bring it parallel with his bent leg and arm, thus exposing a portion of his back. Although unnaturally posed, Agnolo Bronzino’s serpentine figure of Saint John achieves a graceful fluidity typical of the style called Mannerism. The unusually tall format of this work results from its original position as the left panel of an altarpiece in a private chapel.
St. John the Baptist, about 1542 – 1545, Agnolo Bronzino. Oil on panel. http://ow.ly/Nlti306fPLh
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