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Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino

Diverging Paths of Mannerism

Carlo Falciani, Antonio Natali

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edited by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali

exhibition catalogue: Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 8 March-20 July 2014

24,5 x 29 cm, 320 pp.
colour illustrations

isbn 978-88-7461-219-2 Italian
isbn 978-88-7461-220-8 English

Essays by Claudia Conforti, Philippe Costamagna, Elizabeth Cropper, Carlo Falciani, Massimo Firpo, Tommaso Mozzati, Antonio Natali, Alessandro Nova, Massimiliano Rossi

Entries by Grazia Badino, Andrea Baldinotti, Elena Capretti, Philippe Costamagna, Elizabeth Cropper, Carlo Falciani, Giovanni Maria Fara, David Franklin, Cristina Gelli, Antonio Geremicca, Giovanna Giusti, Sefy Hendler, Francesca De Luca, Andrea Muzzi, Antonio Natali, Carol Plazzotta

In 1956 the Palazzo Strozzi hosted the ‘Mostra del Pontormo e del primo manierismo fiorentino’. This was the first important exhibition devoted to the leading figure of a movement that had only recently been fully reassessed by scholars. Nearly 60 years later, the Palazzo Strozzi proposed an exhibition again devoted to Pontormo, along with another key figure of that movement, Rosso Fiorentino. Both were born in 1494, in a historical moment in which Florence and Italy were facing the breakdown of the political balance that had guaranteed prosperity and security, marking the beginning of a troubled era of religious and political clashes that would definitively change the equilibrium among states. The two men apprenticed together at the workshop of Andrea del Sarto, but their lives and approaches to art became increasingly distinct and divergent. Nevertheless, in equal measure they both sparked the transformation of the concepts of harmony and balance that had characterized Renaissance art. Through the works of the two Florentines who spearheaded a style of painting that twentieth-century critics defined as ‘Mannerist’, the catalogue follows the chronological development of the movement that Giorgio Vasari places at the beginning of the ‘modern manner’.