Pontormo and Rosso: Diverging Paths of Mannerism

Two teenagers, drunk with love for the art of Michelangelo, set out to remake the rules of painting in early sixteenth-century Florence. This show, the first attempt to examine Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino side by side, follows their collaboration and rivalry from when they were students together in Andrea del Sarto’s workshop until their rise to prominence in the 1520s and 1530s. Seeking unbridled freedom of expression, Pontormo and Rosso made the figures in their sacred paintings appear weightless, as if floating with grace, and draped them in shimmering unearthly hues: ice blue, pale rose, chartreuse and the like. The bold break with the tradition helped engender a new style in painting, often called Mannerism.

The show features a number of well-known paintings that have been spectacularly refreshed by recent restorations, among them Pontormo’s Visitation from Carmignano and Rosso’s Marriage of the Virgin from the church of San Lorenzo. They look more radical and visionary than ever before.

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Category: Exhibition
Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza degli Strozzi,
Florence, Italy