top of page

#74 Pontormo’s Diary: A Conversation with Elizabeth Pilliod

Saturday, December 9th Live on Zoom

10am Los Angeles and Phoenix, 1pm NY & Toronto, 6pm London, 7pm Florence

This edition of Paola’s Studiolo will explore the fascinating and somewhat mysterious Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557) and his Diary, an intimate autograph manuscript of 23 pages, in which the artist records aspects of his daily existence (including everything he ate!) from January 1554 to October 1556, just a few months before his death. Our esteemed guest, will also confront the problem of Jacopo da Pontormo’s legacy. Once we rectify the omission, suppression, and misrepresentation of facts about his life and art that have formed the basis of our conception of him Pontormo is returned to his real place in Florentine art history. As we restore his reputation, we will also restore the most important commission of his career, the frescoes in the choir of San Lorenzo.

Elizabeth Pilliod is the author of Pontormo at San Lorenzo. Art, History, Ritual: The Making and Meaning of a Lost Renaissance Masterpiece, 2022; co-author with Per Bjurström and Catherine Loisel of Italian Drawings. Florence, Siena, Modena, Bologna; Drawings in Swedish Public Collections 2002; andPontormo, Bronzino, Allori: A Genealogy of Florentine Art, 2001. Most recently she has collaborated on the exhibition Power and Identity: Portraits in the Florence of Cosimo I de’ Medici, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 2021; and Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting, at the Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence; Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles in 2018-19. Her current projects are centered on Michelangelo, Pontormo, Bronzino, and Alessandro Allori. She is Assistant Professor and Art History Program Head at Rutgers University, Camden.


Minimum suggested donation: $20

This talk is free for Friends of Paola's Studiolo!

Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Warmest regards,


40 views0 comments


bottom of page