Portrait of Lucretia Panchatiki - Agnolo Bronzino. 104x85
Despite the fact that the main features of Agnolo Bronzino's style are the expressiveness of gestures, intricacy, manner of pose, ceremonial portraits, he painted in a completely different way. Moreover, it was he who stood at the origins of a strict portrait, where the festive atmosphere was in harmony with the seriousness and even constraint of the hero. The artist excluded the portrayed person from the situation, giving the background a nominal significance.
Before us is a lovely portrait of Lucretius Panchatiki. The painting is rightfully considered one of the best works of the famous mannerist. The work was ordered by the husband of Lucretia, Bartolomeo - as part of a double family portrait.
Due to the fact that Lucretia belonged to the noble Italian family Pucci and reunited with an even more significant surname, the history has preserved some information about the beautiful heroine from the portrait. She and her husband lived for a long time at the French court, since Bartolomeo was sent to France as ambassador by Cosimo Medici himself. It is also known that it was here that they fell under the influence of the Huguenots for which they were convicted by the Italian Inquisition. But soon they were forgiven and again found themselves at the mercy of the Duke of Florence.
Lucretia is depicted on a dark, almost black background. A luxurious, red dress accentuates the attention of her strict article even more. The master’s letter is distinguished by the filigree and accuracy of the details. The viewer will immediately notice how carefully Agnolo wrote out the elements of the costume, jewelry, and conveyed the texture of the material of the dress.
Another innovative move of the artist is to tell not only about the outside of the heroine, but also hint at her inner world. Panchatik holds a book in his hands - long fingers on the open pages should emphasize the aristocracy, enlightenment and intellectuality of a beautiful lady.