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Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Pontormo—Drawing the Figure

A red chalk drawing on white paper of a nude man reclining, with face and hands unfinished.
Pontormo (Jacopo Carrucci da Pontormo), Italian, Reclining Nude Youth, c. 1537–42. Red chalk on cream antique laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser, 1932.144.


Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in the online series Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

Harvard’s collection of unforgettable figure studies by Pontormo illustrates the artist’s stunning capacity to convey intellectual rigor, physical movement, and psychological intensity. In this session, Dennis Geronimus, professor of art history at New York University, discusses Pontormo’s draftsmanship with curator Joachim Homann.

Dennis Geronimus specializes in painting and drawings of the Italian Renaissance, with a focus on Tuscany. His current book project is tentatively titled Jacopo da Pontormo: Altered Grace, Human and Divine.

Led by:
Dennis Geronimus, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, New York University

Joachim Homann, Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums

This talk will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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Support for this program is provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.

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