The Visitation by Pontormo and The Assumption by Rosso

When visiting any museum with large holdings of Italian Renaissance paintings, it’s impossible not to notice how carefully the Florentine and the Venetian masters are segregated, if not in separate rooms, then surely on different walls. This is consistent with a long-held view that has identified the two schools according to their distinct and quite different qualities—drawing in Florence vs. color in Venice, for example. This view traces its origins to none other...


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