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Detail from Pontormo's Visitation

The Carmignano Visitation

Pontormo's Masterpiece in New York

September 6, 2018
6:30 pm

A lecture by Bruce L. Edelstein (NYU).

The Carmignano Visitation, a unique masterpiece by one of sixteenth-century Italy’s greatest painters, Jacopo da Pontormo, will be seen for the first time outside of Italy in the exhibition, Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters, at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York (September 7, 2018, to January 6, 2019) and The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (February 5, 2019, to April 28, 2019). Scientific analyses, undertaken in preparation for the recent conservation of the Visitation, offer new insights into the artist’s techniques, illuminating the processes that led to the creation not only of his highly original devotional works, but also of his exceptional innovations in portraiture. This lecture presents some of the research carried out for the exhibition, in an attempt to clarify the relationship between Pontormo’s drawings and paintings, the historical context in which the Visitation was created, and its connection to Florentine visual traditions.

Bruce L. Edelstein is Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Advanced Research at NYU Florence, Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Italian Studies at NYU, and co-curator (with Davide Gasparotto) of the exhibition, Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters.