BRONZINO, Agnolo
(b. 1503, Firenze, d. 1572, Firenze)

Portrait of Eleanora di Toledo

c. 1560
Oil on panel, 86 x 65 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

The subject, here about thirty-eight, was the daughter of the Spanish Viceroy of Naples and the wife of Duke Cosimo de'Medici, the ruler of Florence. Bronzino worked most of his career in Florence where he was court painter to the Medici. There are several versions of this portrait.

As a pendant to the contemporaneous portrait of the Duke, Bronzino painted Eleonora in 1555–56. There is no extant original; the three quarter-length version in Washington is a workshop version.