The commemorative inscription that adorns the Casa del Pontormo advises us, using the measured words of Emilio Cecchi, that we are in the land that gave birth to the great Mannerist painter Jacopo Carucci, known as il Pontormo, whose unrestrained and unconventional works are considered to be one of the peaks reached by painting in the 'modern manner', and of which Leonardo represented the absolute summit. The marble with the epigraph was affixed to the façade of a small house in the Empoli district of Pontorme in 1956, when Ugo Procacci, with good reliability in terms of documentation, proposed it be identified as the house where Pontormo was born and lived.
On the upper floor of the house, the beautiful antique replica of the Madonna del libro (Madonna of the book), a work by Pontormo, is on display, a work whose original has remained, up until now, unknown. On the ground floor we can see facsimiles of the preparatory drawings for San Giovanni and San Michele, which were later produced by Pontormo in the altar panel at the nearby church of San Michele Arcangelo. Also on the ground floor are the facsimile copy of the artist's famous diary and the finds discovered during the restoration work on the building, fragments of objects of common use from the late medieval period. Today the Casa del Pontormo is part of the Association of Houses of Memory. In addition to scientific research, conferences, and seminars, the Casa del Pontormo offers multiple educational activities, with workshops and theatrical performances.