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Jacopo da Pontormo (1494—1556) Italian painter


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A pictorial convention whereby two or more consecutive incidents from a narrative are combined in the same image. It is most common in medieval art, but occasionally occurs later. In Pontormo's Joseph in Egypt (c.1518, NG, London), for example, four episodes from Genesis are shown in the same panel and Joseph appears separately in each of them.

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