(b Florence, 31 May 1535; d Florence, 22 Sept 1607).
the death of his father in 1540, he was adopted by Bronzino, a friend of his
father, and he trained in Bronzino’s workshop. From 1554 to 1560 Allori was in
Rome, where he studied antique statuary and the works of Michelangelo and became
known as a portrait painter. His first documented work on his return to Florence
was an altarpiece, heavily influenced by Michelangelo, depicting the Last
Judgement, painted in 1560 for the Montauti Chapel, SS Annunziata. Allori
became involved in a number of projects relating to Florence’s recently formed
(1563) Accademia del Disegno. These included preparation of the decorations for
the funeral of Michelangelo in 1564 and for the marriage the following year of
Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici’s son, Francesco (later Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand
Duke of Tuscany) to Joanna of Austria.
St Peter Walking on the Water 1590s Oil on copper, 47 x 40 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Allegory of Human Life 1570-90 Oil on copper, 37 x 27 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
The Body of Christ with Two Angels Oil on copper, 45 x 39 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Susanna and The Elders Oil on canvas, 202 x 117 cm Musee Magnin, Dijon
Susanna and The Elders (detail) Musee Magnin, Dijon
Venus and Cupid Oil on wood Musee Fabre, Montpellier
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