‘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.