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Grey Matters

An exhibition of monochromatic works of art built around a nucleus of paintings in grisaille by the Florentine mannerist artist Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557).
Grey Matters
NICHOLAS HALL
17 East 76th Street, New York
25 January – 27 February 2021
Summary

Nicholas Hall is pleased to present Grey Matters, an exhibition of monochromatic works of art built around a nucleus of paintings in grisaille by the Florentine mannerist artist Jacopo Carucci, known as Pontormo (1494-1557). The exhibition explores the concept of Paragone – a concept popularised by Leonardo da Vinci that sparked vigorous debates in Renaissance Italy concerning the superiority of painting or sculpture. Drawn from American museums and international private collections, Grey Matters presents a focused selection of artworks produced between late-15th century and early 16th century in a range of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, stained-glass and Limoges enamel.

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Selected highlights

Jacopo da Carrucci, known as Pontormo

Apollo and Daphne, 1513

Jacopo Pontormo, Apollo and Daphne, 1513 © Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation / Photo by Luc Demers
Generously lent to Grey Matters at Nicholas Hall by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.
Jacopo da Carrucci, known as Pontormo

Adam and Eve, ca. 1518

An animation showing Pontormo’s Adam and Even (pre-cleaning) under infra-red spectroscopy and x-radiography © The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and Nicholas Hall
Giovanni Mansueti

The Supper at Emmaus, after 1510

Giovanni Mansueti, The Supper at Emmaus, oil on panel, after 1510, private collection © Nicholas Hall
Jacopo da Carrucci, known as Pontormo

Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici, ca. 1538

Jacopo Pontormo, Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici, oil on panel, private collection © Nicholas Hall
Baccio Bandinelli

The Deposition, ca. 1528-29

Baccio Bandinelli, The Deposition, ca. 1528-29, pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk on paper, private collection © Nicholas Hall
Agnolo Bronzino

Portrait of a Young Man with a Book, ca. 1525-27

Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of a Young Man with a Book, private collection © Nicholas Hall
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