A tormented, extraordinarily brilliant and courageous artist, but also inclined to fall into deep crises, Pontormo is the protagonist of the passage in Florentine painting from the Renaissance to Mannerism.
Though he was one of the greatest artists of his century, Jacopo Carrucci, known as Pontormo, was discredited after his death: he has placed all his talent at the service of those who had hoped to profoundly change the society, whose doctrines had fallen into disrepute in the climate of obscurantism generated by the Counter-Reformation. Giorgio Vasari, in 1568, and Raffaello Borghini, in 1584, found themselves forced to disavow his art. Nevertheless, the style he created continued to spread.
This book approaches the work of the great artist in an era in which it flourished, especially thanks to the profound religious revolution underway at the time. What emerges is the figure of an artist capable, in Florence, of offering the best interpretation of the religious positions of his circle: “not a genius isolated in his century, butt the pure product of his time”.