Eleanor of Toledo after Bronzina (2005)

Eleanor of Toledo after Bronzino, painting by Sam GoldingOil on linen
121 x 92.5 cm, shaped stretcher

Elements of the Florentine court portrait are showing the trappings of wealth in clothing and jewels and depicting the figures tranquillo, with impassive faces.

This is a shaped canvas reinterpretation of the mannerist portrait by Bronzino of Eleanor of Toledo and her son Giacomo.

I have reacted to the mode of the portrait – the dress wears the woman rather than vice versa and the boy now holds an anachronistic Roley toy from Bob the Builder despite tranquillo to allow him childhood.

I had fun with this.

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