Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pearl Fishers 1570

Pearl Fishers 1570-72 Oil on slate, 116 x 86 cm Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.
 
Allori was the follower of Agnolo Bronzino, and his style imitates the cool, smooth manner of his teacher. Exquisite male and female nudes, human and mythological, play about on rocks, dive off boats, and bring up shells overflowing with seawater and pearls. The Pearl Fishers is generally considered his masterpiece. He was one of the last notable exponents of Mannerism, painting in a style that had become outmoded by the time of his death.

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