Pontormo’s Visitation

Jacopo Pontormo’s Visitation is one of the most stunning paintings I’ve ever seen, and it’s worthwhile to go to the small Tuscan town of Carmignano just to catch a glimpse of it. Learn how this depiction of the Virgin Mary visiting her cousin Saint Elizabeth embodies a new style of art, Mannerism, that Pontormo pioneered in the wake of the High Renaissance. Its dazzlingly vivid colors, attention to detail, and moving, lifelike facial expressions are truly a revelation to behold. By looking at it with an understanding of its background and meaning, you’ll no doubt feel enlightened and uplifted.