Florentine painter. Used the name Bronzino after the death of
his uncle, II Bronzino. Studied under Bronzino and in Rome under
Michelangelo. Although his drawing was rigid and his colouring cold he was
popular as a painter of decorative frescoes into which he inserted
portraits of prominent contemporaries. Cristofano (1577—1621), Mannerist
painter, son of Alessandro. His painting united the rich colouring of
the Venetian with the careful drawing of the Florentine school. His
best-known painting is Judith
with the Head of Holojemes.
Judith is a portrait of his mistress
Mazzafirra, while Holofernes is supposed to be a self-portrait.
Venus and Cupid Oil on wood Musee Fabre, Montpellier
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