An exhibition on two of the leading figures of Mannerism, Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, is on view @palazzostrozzi through 20 July.

@palazzostrozzi: Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino both trained under Andrea del Sarto while maintaining strongly independent approaches and enormous freedom of expression. Pontormo, always a favorite with 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. Mirroring the precepts underlying the Bronzino exhibition of 2010-2011, this exhibition opted for a broad and multifaceted overview of the two great painters’ masterpieces. The exhibition accords priority to the formal splendor and lofty poetry of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino, appealing in its clarity not only to the specialist but also to a wider audience thanks to a thematic approach.

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