Pontormo & Rosso Fiorentino

Diverging paths of mannerism

Rosso and Pontormo between the Sack of Rome and the Seige of Florence

Between the Sack of Rome in 1527 and 1539 when Republican Florence yielded to the Medici after being besieged by the troops of Emperor Charles V, Italy was beset by upheavals and wars that were to trigger irreversible changes in the sphere of art. Pontormo (in Florence) and Rosso (who fell foul of the imperial troops in the Sack of Rome and fled to Arezzo, then to Borgo San Sepolcro and Città di Castello) responded differently to these turbulent times. Two paintings capturing the distance now separating the two artists – Rosso’s Deposition in Borgo San Sepolcro and Pontormo’s Visitation in Carmignano – may be compared in this section, contrasting the peak of pathos, the expression of universal grief, in one, with the mysterious, suspended atmosphere of the other.


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The challenge facing the Fondazione from the outset has been to bring international quality exhibition and cultural events to Florence and Tuscany.

On the palazzo’s Piano Nobile and in the Strozzina area the Fondazione organises art exhibitions ranging from the art of the ancient world via the Renaissance to the modern and contemporary era.

From: 08 March 2014
To: 20 July 2014


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