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Pontormo and Pasta: Live from Tuscany

Daytime Program

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0549
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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"Visitation" by Pontormo, 1528-1530


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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You can’t visit Italy right now—but you can make pasta. Join art historian and culinary expert Elaine Trigiani at her farmhouse in Tuscany for a virtual exploration of this region through its artistic and culinary heritage.

Here in the hills of Chianti, four medieval castles were used to safely store works of art from Florentine museums during WWII, among them paintings by Renaissance artist Jacopo Pontormo, including his Visitation. Pontormo, who is named after the local Tuscan town from which he came, was a leader in the Mannerist movement, one that fought against the classicism of the high Renaissance. Trigiani examines his work, best known for its ambiguous use of space, dramatic color, and a sense of psychic restlessness.

Then, taking inspiration from a group of nearby heritage wheat producers, including farmers, millers, and bakers, she makes fresh pasta and la lasagna (and shares a recipe). Wherever you may be, art and food make a delightful way to explore this historic and beautiful corner of Italy.

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