Agnolo Bronzino( 1503-1572) was born, raised and died in Florence. He was the official court painter of the Medici’s and achieved stardom with his portraits. Bronzino took the principles developed by his mentor( and probable lover)Pontormo and ran with them. The result was portraits that were immaculately realistic in detail, with his subjects exuding blank, stoic expressions, yet with a sense of nobility and haughtiness. His use of color and the enamel-like finish of his paintings sets Bronzino’s style apart from Pontormo’s and has earned him a permanent place among the great Italian Mannerists.