Virgin and Child with Saint Elizabeth, the Infant Baptist, Saint Anthony of Padua, and a Female Martyr

Artist: Jacopo da Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci) (Italian, Pontormo 1494–1556 Florence)

Date: 1514–22

Medium: Red chalk, brush and red wash

Dimensions: 10 13/16 x 11in. (27.5 x 27.9cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Hewitt Fund, 1917

Accession Number: 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 (1520–22)—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.