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

Portrait of a Young Man

1550-55
Oil on wood, 86 x 69 cm
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

This painting belongs to an impressive series of later portraits, dating from the 1550s. It is a half-length portrait of a dark-haired, bearded young man attired in a richly brocaded blackish purple coat, a white embroidered collar, a black cape, and a black velvet hat with a whitish gray feather. He is depicted full face against a plain gray background; his eyes look slightly to the right. His left arm crosses in front of his body, and both hands rest on the golden hilt of a sword, visible at lower left.