Julia Siemon

Link to video of Julia Siemon lecture

The Florentine painter Agnolo Bronzino is best known as court artist to the Medici and many of his most famous works are portraits of the ducal family. Yet Bronzino completed a number of paintings before his association with Duke Cosimo’s court began. This lecture shows how certain of these earlier works respond to an altogether different political atmosphere, one in which republican culture still thrived in defiant, if sometimes furtive, manifestations.