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Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting

Edited by Bruce Edelstein and Davide Gasparotto

Jacopo Carucci, known as Pontormo (1494–1557), was the leading painter in mid-sixteenth-century Florence and one of the most original and extraordinary Mannerist artists. His extremely personal style was much influenced by Michelangelo, though he also drew from northern art, especially the work of Albrecht Dürer.

This catalogue brings together a small but important group of preparatory drawings and finished paintings that center on Pontormo’s great masterpiece, The Visitation, one of the most moving and mesmerizing works by the artist. The Visitation represents the intense moment of encounter between the Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, who reveal to each other that both are pregnant. The painting is presented—for the first time—along with its highly finished preparatory drawing, which is squared for transfer to the larger surface of the panel. The combination of rigorous research and gorgeous reproductions reveals the painter’s creative process as never before. Other acclaimed paintings, including Portrait of a Halberdier and Portrait of Carlo Neroni, will also be shown alongside their preparatory drawings. Readers will encounter Pontormo both as a religious painter and a painter of portraits in this original and nuanced account of the celebrated artist. 

This volume is published to accompany an exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center February 5 to April 28, 2019.

Bruce Edelstein is the coordinator for graduate programs and advanced research at NYU in Florence. He has contributed to the Dizionario biografico degli italiani and is completing a scholarly monograph on Eleonora di Toledo and the creation of the Boboli Gardens. Davide Gasparotto is senior curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His recent publications include Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice(Getty Publications, 2017) and Masterpieces of Painting: J. Paul Getty Museum (Getty Publications, 2018).

“An essential contribution to our understanding of Pontormo and is a joy to leaf through as well.”
—Gudrun Dauner, Renaissance Quarterly

“. . . extremely well-illustrated . . .”

“The theoretical and curatorial positions included in this catalogue, alongside the commentaries, impeccable illustrations, and notes gives this J. Paul Getty Museum project an outstanding quality and purpose for scholars, students, and various readers alike.”
Seventeenth-Century News

160 pages
8 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches
60 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-589-1

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum