Minding Our Mannerists

A new exhibition seeks to rescue the reputation of two 16th-century Italian artists, Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, leaders of the oft-ridiculed, long misunderstood Mannerist movement that proceeded the Renaissance.

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FLORENCE – It’s probably one of the most bizarre descriptions in the history of the loaded relations between artist and patron. While the 16th-century artist Rosso Fiorentino was working on an altarpiece...