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(b Monticelli, nr. Florence, 17 Nov. 1503; d Florence, 23 Nov. 1572). Florentine Mannerist painter, the pupil of Pontormo, who virtually adopted him as a son and introduced his portrait as a child into his painting Joseph in Egypt (c.1518, NG, London). The origin of Bronzino's nickname (literally ‘bronze-coloured’) is uncertain, but possibly derived from his having a dark complexion. He was deeply attached to Pontormo and his style was heavily indebted to his master (in paintings of c.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)