Paseo de Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid
From 12 February to 11 May 2014, FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE’S exhibition halls (Paseo de Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid) will host an exhibition dedicated to the drawings of Jacopo Carucci (1494-1557), better known as PONTORMO and considered one of the greatest exponents of “Mannerism”.
The show will feature a carefully chosen array of 70 drawings—the majority loaned by the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, though other prestigious European museums such as the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich and the Vienna Albertina have also contributed to this selection—which document every stage in Pontormo’s career and all the different drawing media he used. The exhibition consists of 60 drawings by Pontormo as well as nine drawings by other great artists such as Dürer, Lorenzo di Credi, Poussin and Tiepolo, which have been included so that visitors can compare and contrast their different approaches to draughtsmanship and appreciate the originality of the Florentine artist’s style.
The selected drawings will also be accompanied by a rare gem: Pontormo’s Diary, held at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, which has never been shown outside Italy until now. This journal contains writings and small sketches by the artist, created during the last years of his life, about his obsessions, his routines and his desire to draw in seclusion, and as such it is a unique testament to the legend of Pontormo as an artiste maudit.
This will be the first show of Pontormo’s work ever held in Spain, organised to coincide with the 520º anniversary of the artist’s birth. Meanwhile, the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation plans to inaugurate the exhibition Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino that will focus on his paintings. Thus, Florence and Madrid have joined forces to celebrate this singular commemorative year.
This exhibition is further proof of the particular importance that FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE attaches to drawing, as the only Spanish institution whose art collection is dedicated exclusively to works on paper and which regularly organises shows featuring this genre.
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