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From March 8 to July 20 2014
Palazzo Strozzi has decided to hold an exhibition devoted to the most original and unconventional adepts of the new way of interpreting art in the Italian Cinquecento: Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. They were both born in 1494, at the close of a century which had seen the collapse of a political balance that had guaranteed the prosperity and security of Florence and of Italy as a whole, and at the start of a troubled era of religious and political clash that was to lead to a definitive alteration of the political balances among states and to the loss of the harmony and balance in art that had been such a feature of the transition from the 15th to the 16th centuries.
In exploring the work of the two greatest Florentine exponents of what 20th century critics christened "Mannerism", the exhibition aims to track the chronological development of the movement which Giorgio Vasari sets at the start of the "modern manner" and which was rooted, both for Pontormo and for Rosso Fiorentino, in their relationship with Andrea del Sarto. 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.