Palazzo Strozzi will be hosting from 8 March to 20 July 2014 a major exhibition
entitled Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of
Mannerism, devoted to the work of Pontormo and
of Rosso Fiorentino, the two painters who were
without question the most original and unconventional adepts of the new way of
interpreting art in that season of 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 favourite 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
Mirroring the precepts underlying the Bronzino
exhibition, this exhibition opted for a broad and multifaceted overview of the
two great painters' masterpieces, according priority to the formal splendour 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
themed sections set out 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.