Rosso Fiorentino, Italian Mannerist artist, in New York
Rosso Fiorentino at the library-museum Morgan in New York. One of the most important exhibitions of next year.
Until February 3, 2013, the library-museum Morgan New York rediscovers Rosso Fiorentino in the exhibition Fantasy and Invention: Rosso Fiorentino and Sixteenth-Century Florentine Drawing with a selection of drawings, illustrated volumes , letters and manuscripts of the artist and other masters of Florence.
Giovanni Battista di Jacopo (1494-1540), known as Rosso Fiorentino (Then, Florentine Red) for his red hair, was one of the first artists of Mannerism, a Post-Renaissance movement, characterized by figures in unnatural positions, subjective perspectives, personal colors and unequal proportions… They claimed to be followers of Raphael di Sanzio and Michelangelo and in fact, these artist were the prelude to Baroque.
Rosso Fiorentino was bullish with his employers and the question of if the poisoning, which caused his death, was a suicide or a murder, it is still opened. However, he was a fantastic painter, illustrator, designer and teacher… because we shouldn’t confuse personal facts with artistic results.
In the center of the exhibition is Rosso Fiorentino awesome ‘Holy Family with St. John the Baptist’ painted in 1520. Rosso Fiorentino makes here an unorthodox treatment of the scene. He paints the Virgin, St. Joseph, Jesus and the patron saint of Florence (St. John) in a claustrophobic space of different colors and cold expressions. In the exhibition, it’s a starting point to illustrate the spatial ambiguity, inventiveness and the strange beauty that Mannerism applied in their creations. Twenty drawings, five autographed documents and letters from leading figures such as Michelangelo and a drawing of Rosso, rarely exposed, make of this show one of the most important exhibitions of next year.
The exhibitions reviews the history, development and culmination of Mannerism. If you are the chance, don’t miss it!