House of Pontormo
Empoli

The house where Jacopo Carucci, known as Il Pontormo, was born now contains displays of objects and works that tell us something about the maestro, immersing the visitor in his era.


Empoli, House of Pontormo

The museum

The house where Jacopo Carucci, known as Il Pontormo was born in 1494 is in the village of Pontorme, just outside Empoli. It contains displays of objects and works that tell us something about the maestro and his oeuvre, including facsimiles of preparatory drawings he created for the two splendid panels of Saints Michael the Archangel and John the Evangelist, which he painted for the nearby church of San Michele.

There is also a beautiful facsimile of the artist’s celebrated Diary. The multimedia installation Quiete, silenzio e solitudine (Stillness, silence and solitude) created especially for the space immerses visitors in the artist’s time, allowing them to better appreciate and interpret his works.

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Memories

Madonna with Child known as Madonna of the Book

Florentine painter (after Pontormo)

The original version of this painting is unknown; it is usually identified as a painting Pontormo painted for a certain “Rossino the mason” who had done some work in the painter’s house in Florence. The painting’s great value is demonstrated by the number of known replicas – there are over 25 versions – which make it one of the most-copied works of the 15th century in Florence.

The panel will spark the visitor’s desire to see the rooms where Jacopo was born, enlivened by the family members Jacopo posed along the stairs in the background of the scene painted for Rossino.

Madonna with Child known as Madonna of the Book, third quarter of the 16th century, oil on panel, 123×102 cm

Memories

Ceramic produced in Empoli in the 15th-17th centuries

At the time of Pontormo’s death in 1556, there was still a flourishing ceramics industry in Pontorme. A few years later, the house where he had been born was acquired to a potter specialized in cookware, Piero di Mariano del Riccio. Excavations carried out in 2022 turned up fragments of ceramics and other objects having to do with a kiln, like stands for stacking pottery during firing, mixtures for sealing the mouths of kilns, and a few maiolica and engobed ceramics for local use.

Memories

Diary (facsimile), 1554 - 1556

Jacopo Carucci known as il Pontormo

Already over 60, il Pontormo decided to start keeping a diary on Easter Sunday, 1554, jotting down details about his health, the progress of his work projects, and above all his eating habits. It was written during the period when Jacopo was frescoing the choir of the Basilica di San Lorenzo on the same sheets of paper used for the preparatory drawings. After his death, the Diary played a central role in reconstructing an understanding of his fretful personality.

The land

Set between two rivers, the Arno to the north and the Elsa to the west, and thanks to its privileged position in the heart of Tuscany, Empoli has for centuries been an ideal crossroads for commerce and trade.

The Arno River to the north and the Elsa to the west are still today the natural boundaries of the municipal area, with its gentle landscape alternating plains and picturesque hills. The city boasts of ancient origins evidence by its centuries-old traditions and the rich artistic heritage conserved in its museums and churches.

The historic center, which took shape during the Middle Ages, revolves around the picturesque Piazza Farinata degli Uberti, overlooked by the city’s oldest buildings, Palazzo Ghibellino and Palazzo Pretorio, and the Collegiata di Sant’Andrea which, with its white-and-green-marble façade typical of Florentine Romanesque architecture, is the most tangible sign of the close relations between Empoli and nearby Florence.

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Contacts

The Pontormo House
(Casa del Pontormo)
Via Pontorme, 97
50053 – Empoli (FI)
tel. +39 0571 767067
sito: www.empolimusei.it
e-mail: empolimusei@comune.empoli.fi.it

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday
10 am – 6 pm

Tickets

Individual ticket
Regular: 5.00 €
Reduced: 3.00 €

Information on additional ticket prices can be found HERE 

 

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