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Title Eleanor of Toledo
Collection Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge
Artist Attributed to Allori, Alessandro (Italian painter, 1535-1607)
Attributed to Bronzino, Agnolo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1503-1572)
Previously attributed to Marinari, Onorio (Italian painter and printmaker, 1627-1715)
Date Earliest about 1545
Date Latest about 1570
Description There are five portraits of Eleanor of Toledo, who was married to Cosimo I de' Medici, by the great Florentine Mannerist portrait painter, Bronzino. Though attributed to Marinari, who specialised primarily in religious subjects, the style and subject matter here seems to be much closer to Alessandro Allori, who was a pupil of Bronzino. A striking contrast is created between the smooth porcelain finish of the skin and the fairly loose manner in which the dress is painted.
Current Accession Number ASTAC:1932.10
Former Accession Number 1/17/2
Subject portrait (Eleanor of Toledo)
Measurements 51.0 x 38.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. F. Cheetham 1932.
Principal Exhibitions Picture Her: Images of Women, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, 2003
Notes A label removed from the back of the canvas is now on stretcher lc, 'Elanora de [...]'. The attribution to Allori is shared by the Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, who acknowledge the Staylebridge attribution to Marinari, but have filed this image under Allori. However, Bronzino (the teacher of Allori) is known to have painted five portraits of Eleanor of Toledo, including; Eleanora di Toledo and Ferdinando de' Medici, c.1545 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence) and he could, in that case, also be a possible author of this work.
Rights Owner Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard
 

 

 

 

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