An unconventional take on the deposition of Christ: bright colors, no crucifix in sight, and angels without their wings. Pontormo’s palette of iridescent hues is the signature of the era; in the early decades of the 1500s, the paintings were not only multicolored, but went even further to challenge the viewer’s eye with contrasting colors, often in acid tones.

The painting contains a frenzied rhythm, emphasized further by the poses and tense faces of its characters. The Virgin’s hand extended towards the son is expressive and belies her condition, at the brink of fainting. The other figures meld together, not only for their twisted postures, but also for the lack of distinguishing attributes. The work can be viewed today in the same place it was originally installed, a rare case.