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Pontormo – an Italian mannerist painter

Pontormo, born Jacopo Carucci, was an Italian painter who became one of the main lights of the Florentine Renaissance of the 16th century and created frescoes and many paintings across Italy that brought about a dramatic change in the art at that time. One of the most important things to point out about Pontormo is that after he was orphaned, he learned the craft from the masters of the era like Leonardo da Vinci and Piero di Cosimo that immediately gave him an in-depth understanding and relationship of the artist's mind. Pontormo's work displayed the sort of vision that was unique, and in addition to that, his work was famous for the expressions of the pose, figures, and the fact that the figures often seemed to float.

An artist for the change

Pontormo also came in direct contact with the Medici family and even worked on a fresco at one of the houses belonging to the family. Many of his paintings are lost or damaged. However, the many more, which are still exhibiting in museums and churches in different parts of the world, can still give people a glimpse into the artistic genius of Pontormo. he is correctly regarded as one of the significant painters of the Florentine Renaissance, and although many of his works have been lost; a number of them survive. The most famous work of his career was certainly 'The Deposition from the Cross' at the Capponi Chapel in Florence.

Famous artworks

  1. Joseph in Egypt, in 1517-18 – it is a biblical painting where Joseph is reuniting with his family.
  2. Madonna with child and saints, in 1518 – the painting explains Virgin Mary, position above St. Joseph is holding the baby Jesus and surrounded by other saints.
  3. The deposition from the cross, in 1528 – in this painting, his important style, which is mannerism, was fully used, and it is one of his famous art.
  4. The visitation, in 1528-29 – depicts a meet of two peasants in a crowded place where Jesus and john are the centers of attention.