Jacopo da Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci) (Italian, 1494–1556)
Red chalk, brush and red wash
10 7/8 x 11 in. (27.5 X 27.9 cm)
Hewitt Fund, 1917 (19.76.11)
Together with Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo was a leading revolutionary artist of Mannerism in Florence. This recently attributed drawing can be dated to the period between Pontormo's Madonna of San Ruffilo fresco at Santissima Annunziata (1514) and his Adoration of the Magi panel in the Palazzo Pitti (152022)thus, early in the master's career. Pontormo's drawings, mainly figure studies in red or black chalk, are among the highest expressions in the tradition of Florentine design. His early drawing style shows the influence of his master, Andrea del Sarto.