Bronzino in VancouverThursday, April 11, 2019
|Lucrezia Panciatichi - 1545 -Agnolo di Cosimo, Ufizzi - Florence - Bronwen Marsden - April 11, 2019|
Sometimes the reinforcement of one’s style comes after the fact. For years my relatives were perplexed by the fact that I photographed our young daughters and then our young granddaughters with nary a smile.
I would cite both 19th century English photographers, the Reverend Dogson and Julia Margaret Cameron, as examples of the tradition. And I would further explain that in the Victorian era children were seen as little adults and many had to work under appalling circumstances.
A few years ago I discovered 16th century Florentine painter Agnolo di Cosimo (November 17, 1503 – November 23, 1572) known as Bronzino. His portraits were stark and his subjects did not smile.
|Laura Battiferri - 1560- Agnolo Bronzino, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence - Bronwen Marsden , April 11, 2019|
Imagine going to Florence last month and being able to see the Bronzinos at the Ufizzi Gallery! It was like meeting up with the master.
Coming back from our trip to Italy I found myself in a conundrum. After seeing all those renaissance paintings how could I be inspired in Vancouver with its blue skies and frigid early spring weather?
|Penitent Magdalene, 1533, Titian - Palazzo Pitti , Bronwen Marsden, April 11, 2019|
I found the light and with my friend Portland baroque bassist Curtis Daily (here last week for an EMV concert at the Chan) we photographed my wonderful long time posing subject, Bronwen Marsden in the spirit of that renaissance artist. I was attracted to the idea because Marsden has severe short hair. She no longer owns a little black dress (for 21st century shock value) but we managed. I believe that this project has legs and I will continue.
|Saintly Magdalene, April 11, 2019|