Two digital images of The Descent from the Cross painted in the late 1520s by Pontormo, brave pioneer of Mannerism. The version at bottom looks as if it might have undergone cleaning. Italian conservators seem to have developed an increasing reluctance to preserve any trace of what used to be known as patina.
Below, a wider sampling of the radically stylized figure-types Pontormo cultivated. His distortions owed their greatest debt to Michelangelo, whose idiosyncratic sense of proportion became for a time more compelling than nature.
|Leda & the Swan|
|Noli me tangere|
|Joseph Sold by his Brothers to Potiphar|
|Joseph in Egypt|
|Study for the Deposition|
|Study for a Patriarch|
|Virgin & Child with Saints|
|Lunette from Vertumnus & Pomona |