Astonishingly, perhaps, this is the first ever gathering of the paintings of Agnolo di Cosimo
, better known as Bronzino (1503-72).
Originally painted by Agnolo di Cosimo
, better known as Bronzino, around 1553 with a full frontal view, the portrait was altered during the 18th century to hide the subject's private parts.
As a learned painter, and also as an accomplished poet of emblematic verse, surely Agnolo di Cosimo
, called Bronzino (1503-1572),(19) would have additionally known the standard "poetic" topos of Horace's monstrous hybrid as given in the opening lines of his Liber de Arte Poetica.