Delta of Venus

Agnolo Bronzino

Agnolo Bronzino was a Florentine artist born around 1503 whose style is an excellent example of Mannerism. He was famous for his portraits, particularly those of one of art's most historic patrons, the Medici family. He had an obvious love of the female form and often found excuses to include them prominently in many of his paintings.

Perhaps the most famous of his erotic nudes is An Allegory with Venus and Cupid which is thought that An Allegory with Venus and Cupid was commissioned by Cosimo I de' Medici and was given to Francis I, King of France. There are few paintings of this era that include the same level of overt eroticism as that of Cupid (a cherub of love) cupping Venus's (the goddess of love) breast whilst discretely squeezing her nipple as he gives her that delicate kiss from behind. Both Venus and Cupid are easily identified embraced in their delicate kiss though the identities of the other characters in the painting are more obscure.

Another painting that can not be ignored is "Descent of Christ into Limbo" which Bronzino painted for the Santa Croce Church This incredibly huge (over 4 meters tall) epic painting is a mosaic of nudes, both male and female. This painting caused a scandal in its day as many of the figures were recognizable contemporary Fluorentine figures. It was described as lewd and "an insult to God." But the Church must have liked it, because it had been hanging there for over 400 years before it was "lost"/damaged in 1966 by the Fluorentine Flood. It has since gone extensive repair and is now looking good as new and hanging in pride of place in the Santa Croce Church once again.

Agnolo Bronzino Gallery

Venus, Love and Jealousy

Erotic/Nude painting by Agnolo Bronzino. 1503 - 1572
An Allegory with Venus and Cupid

Erotic Painting by Agnolo Bronzino. 1503 - 1572