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Female figure with covered head (study for a figure in the fresco of the Visitation in Santissima Annunziata)

Pontormo1514 - 1515

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

In contradiction to the historic inscription ‘Micarino’, referring to the Sienese artist Domenico Beccafumi, modern research has revealed that this sheet is a work by Pontormo. The female figure is depicted in an odd posture between standing and kneeling. She has been recognized as the half-concealed, third figure from the left in the fresco of the Visitation in the forecourt of the church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence. Vasari enthusiastically praised this mural, and reports that Pontormo, then still relatively young, gave ‘his work, alongside countless other beautiful things, an immeasurable amount of quality’ and that ‘this work ... convinced all artists of his perfection’.

Details

  • Title: Female figure with covered head (study for a figure in the fresco of the Visitation in Santissima Annunziata)
  • Creator: Jacopo Pontormo (actually Jacopo Carrucci)
  • Date: 1514 - 1515
  • Physical Dimensions: w21 x h32.9 cm
  • Type: Paper
  • Medium: Sanguine on paper
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 4195
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Volker Schneider │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Dagmar Korbacher
  • Collection: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Artist Place of Death: Florence, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Pontormo, Italy
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 1494.05.24 - 1557.01.02

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