Introduction; 1. A poetry of transgression: Bronzino's Rime in Burla; 2. The comfort of friends in Bronzino's Canzoniere; 3. The world of art in Bronzino's poems; 4. The poetics of Bronzino's painting.
This 2000 study focuses on the poetry of Bronzino, the last great Florentine Renaissance painter.
'... throw[s] new light on the artist's polished surfaces.' Chase Madar, Times Literary Supplement 'With reliable and sometimes elegant prose translations of Bronzino's poems, the author leads us through a reading of his rime in burla and canzoniere in relation to the works of Petrarch and to that of such sixteenth-century authors as Benedetto Varchi and Laura Battiferri, among others ...This is a strong and readable book because Parker accepts her subject on his own terms, allowing him to speak through her.' Virginia Quarterly Review 'This splendid book provides a much-needed survey of late Renaissance Italian poetic practice ... It situates Bronzino's work in a rich social and cultural context and ... offers an illuminating commentary on the interaction of the visual and literary arts at a particularly fertile period of their early modern development. The book makes a superb contribution to Renaissance studies ...'. Forum Italicum '... [Parker] has produced an eminently readable and much-welcomed volume that is meticulously researched, and that contains some beautifully translated passages of Bronzino's poetry. It will undoubtedly be of great value to anyone working on the interaction between literature and fine art in the early modern period, as well as to specialists with a particular interest in 'this most canny, self-conscious, and allusive of artist-poets'.' Annali d'Italianistica