16th Century Florentine Artists Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino On View at Palazzo Strozzi

An exhibition dedicated to 16th century Florentine artists Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino is currently on at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi.

“Pontormo e Rosso Fiorentino. Divergenti vie della maniera” (Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging paths of Mannerism) presents the works of two of the most unconventional artists of a time Giorgio Vasari defined as “modern mannerism.”

Both artists studied with Andrea del Sarto, but maintained a strong independence and freedom of expression. Pontormo was one of the Medici’s favorite painters and more open to breaking with tradition; Rosso Fiorentino was preferred by Republican aristocrats, opponents of the Medici, worked more within traditional canons, but experimented a great deal as well, as he was influenced by Cabala literature and esotericism.

The exhibition features more than 80 works coming from Italy and abroad, some restored for the occasion, and are presented in a chronological order divided by theme.

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