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Jacopo da Pontormo: Italian Mannerist Painter & Portraitist

Jacopo Carucci, called Pontormo after the Tuscan town from which he came, was one of the leaders of the Mannerist movement, but as Mannerism increasingly focused on masks and artificiality, there was little room for his keen sensitivity and profound feeling for human states of mind. This quality is unmistakable in the elegant Portrait of a Halberdier, which shows Pontormo introducing an insightful new dimension of meaning to portraiture, expressing the sitter's public image while suggesting his inner life.." from

Jacopo da Pontormo: Italian Mannerist Painter & Portraitist
Jacopo da Pontormo: Italian Mannerist Painter & Portraitist

Jacopo da Pontormo: Italian Mannerist Painter & Portraitist


1494 - 1556/7

"Pontormo was a major Florentine painter of the 16th century, and the main exponent of an early, expressive form of Mannerism. His name was Jacopo Carucci, but he is called after his birthplace, a village in Tuscany.

The four paintings in the Collection telling the story of Joseph were carried out as part of a scheme of bedroom decoration. Their high, brilliant colour owes a great deal to Michelangelo's newly unveiled (1512) Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes. Andrea del Sarto was an important influence on Pontormo's earliest work, and Michelangelo afterwards. He was also influenced by Northern art, especially the prints of Dürer and Lucas van Leyden. In addition to his works on panel, Pontormo is also celebrated for his frescoes, such as the Passion series of the Charterhouse of Galluzzo and his deeply expressive drawings, including those for the great decoration of the choir in San Lorenzo (1546-56), destroyed in 1742. A surviving diary, and the recollections of contemporaries, indicate that he was solitary and neurotic. He was, however, on excellent terms with his pupil Bronzino, whose portrait, as a boy, is included in 'Joseph with Jacob in Egypt'." from

Pontormo from Drawing to Painting

"Join Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings, J. Paul Getty Museum, for a discussion on works by Jacopo da Pontormo (1494-1557), executed between 1528 and 1530. At that time Florence was kept under siege until the Medici returned to power bringing to an end the last Republic. The lecture considers Pontormo’s creative process at a crucial stage in his career and offers new insights into the artist’s distinctive contribution to the history of portraiture and devotional painting. Held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018." from video introduction

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