“Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi” (detail above), c. 1545. Agnolo di Cosimo (1503-1572), usually known as Il Bronzino, or Agnolo Bronzino, was an Italian Mannerist painter from Florence. His sobriquet, Bronzino, in all probability refers to his relatively dark skin.
Lucrezia di Sigismondo Pucci was the wife of Bartolomeo Panciatichi, a Florentine humanist and politician, also portrayed by Bronzino in another Uffizi portrait. Giorgio Vasari describes the two portrays as: “so natural that they seem truly living”. The show of refined garments and jewelry was intended not only to underline the élite position of the woman, but also aspects of her personality through a complex symbology, including the words “Amour dure sans fin” on the golden necklace, a reference to a love treatise written for the Grand Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de’ Medici, in 1547.