Fundacion Mapfre's exhibition halls hosts an exhibition dedicated to the drawings of Jacopo Carucci (1494-1557), better known in art history as Pontormo and considered one of the greatest exponents of Mannerism. The show features a carefully chosen array of 70 drawings—the majority loaned by the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, though other prestigious European museums such as the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich and the Vienna Albertina have also contributed to this selection—which document every stage in Pontormo's career and all the different drawing media he used. The exhibition consists of 60 drawings by Pontormo as well as nine drawings by other great artists such as Dürer, Lorenzo di Credi, Poussin and Tiepolo, so that visitors can compare and contrast their different approaches to draughtsmanship and appreciate the originality of the Florentine artist's style.
The selected drawings also are accompanied by a rare gem: Pontormo's Diary, held at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, which has never been shown outside Italy until now. This journal contains writings and small sketches by the artist, created during the last two years of his life, about his obsessions, his routines and his desire to draw in seclusion, and as such it is a unique testament to the legend of Pontormo as an artiste maudit.
This show of Pontormo's work is organised to coincide with the 520th anniversary of the artist's birth.
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