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

The Ailing Eleonora di Toledo

1556
Oil on wood, diameter 75 cm
Museo Bardini, Florence

There are numerous portraits of Eleonora (1522-1562) from Bronzino's workshop, often copies made by pupils from an original by the master. Since the early 1550s Eleonora had begun to show signs of the tuberculosis which would later be the cause of her death.