“Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism” at Palazzo Strozzi: March 8 – July 20, 2014

Pontormo & Rosso

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism

March 8 – July 20, 2014

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi – Piazza Strozzi – Florence, ITALY

Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a major exhibition entitled Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism, devoted to the work of Pontormo (1494-1557) and of Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540), the two painters who were without question the most original and unconventional adepts of the new way of interpreting art during the Italian Cinquecento which Giorgio Vasari called the ‘modern manner’.

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino trained under Andrea del Sarto while maintaining a strongly independent approach and enormous freedom of expression. Pontormo, always a favorite of the Medici, was a painter open to stylistic variety and to a renewal of the traditional approach to composition. Rosso Fiorentino, on the other hand, was more tightly bound to tradition, yet at the same time he was fully capable of flights of originality and innovation, influenced also by Cabalistic literature and esoteric works.

This exhibition opts for a broad and multifaceted overview of the two great painters’ masterpieces, exemplifying the formal splendor and lofty poetry of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino so that the exhibition appeals in its clarity not only to the specialist but also to a wider audience thanks to themed sections arranged in chronological order. A unique and unrepeatable event bringing together for the very first time a selection of masterpieces by the two artists in Italian and foreign collections, many of them specially restored for the occasion.

The exhibition Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism, curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali, in Palazzo Strozzi celebrates two of Tuscany’s most outstanding and most original artists.

Where else can you see examples of their work in Tuscany? See the map of locations here:

Pontormo & Rosso

€11, €9 reduced
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During the same period, the Palazzo Strozzi unveils Family Matters. Portraits and Experiences of Family Today (CCC Strozzina, 14 March-20 July 2014), which presents the works by contemporary artists that encourage an investigation into the images and dynamics of family in the contemporary world.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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