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Pontormo's San Quintino

Sansepolcro’s Civic Museum hosts masterpiece

Via Niccolò Aggiunti, 65

‘San Quintino’ was painted by Jacopo Carucci—better known as Pontormo. It came from the church of Maddalena dei Minori Osservanti, yet in 1886, it was already part of the Palazzo Comunale’s collection. This famed canvas represents the martyrdom of a noble Roman citizen who converted to Christianity; this version of the story was taken from the famous Golden Legend by Jacopo da Varagine.

The religious feeling of the image is less prominent than its vague and mysterious sense of anxiety. This feeling is enhanced by Pontormo’s evocative chromatic choices and the sensual beauty of the young man. He exposes his tortured body, almost grateful for his suffering as it will lead to heavenly glory.

Sansepolcro
THE VILLAGE OF TOWERS AND PALACES THAT RISES FROM THE APENNINE MOUNTAINS, BIRTHPLACE OF PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA
Sansepolcro is a town nestled at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, a gateway to Tuscany that rules the Upper Tiber Valley. This sprawling green mountainous terrain skims the Alpe della Luna and the Massa Trabaria area, bordering Umbrian hills, the mountains of Arezzo and the Catenaia Alps. Legend has it that Sansepolcro’s mystic origins trace back to the pilgrim saints Arcano and Egidio. ...
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