Pontormo: 8 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

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Seated Figure (recto); Reclining Figure (verso) Seated Figure (recto); Reclining Figure (verso) (1520) by Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Biographer Giorgio Vasari wrote that Pontormo almost obsessively revised his ideas for this fresco; his many known drawings for the project attest to the search for perfection.'

Female figure with covered head (study for a figure in the fresco of the Visitation in Santissima Annunziata) (1514 - 1515) by Jacopo Pontormo (actually Jacopo Carrucci)Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

'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.'

Saint Francis (recto); Dead Christ (verso) Saint Francis (recto); Dead Christ (verso) (about 1517–1518) by Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'He drew Saint Francis over a partially obliterated standing man with a staff in his left hand, posed frontally with his head tilted to the left.'

Study of a Nude Boy, Partial Figure Study (recto); Study of a Seated Man (verso) Study of a Nude Boy, Partial Figure Study (recto); Study of a Seated Man (verso) (1518) by Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'While these are merely studies, exploring ideas for parts of a painting, they clearly suggest the emotional intensity of his art and the sharp contrast with the preceding ideal of classical High Renaissance harmony. Pontormo made these drawings as preliminary figure studies for an altarpiece commissioned for a church in Florence in 1518, a work that some scholars consider the first clear manifestation of Mannerism in Italian painting.'

Portrait of Cosimo de' Medici the Elder (1519 - 1520) by Jacopo CarrucciUffizi Gallery

'According to Giorgio Vasari this commemorative portrait of Cosimo the Elder, founder of the Medici fortune, was painted by Pontormo for Goro Gheri, secretary of Lorenzo de' Medici, duke of Urbino.'

Reclining Youth (about 1525) by Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'However, it was Pontormo's pupil Bronzino who executed the finished fresco.'

Portrait of a Halberdier (Francesco Guardi?) (Main View)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'The Florentine painter Giorgio Vasari noted that during the siege of Florence in about 1528 Pontormo painted a "most beautiful work," a portrait of young nobleman Francesco Guardi as a soldier.'

Portrait of Maria Salviati de' Medici with Giulia de' Medici (ca. 1537 (Renaissance)) by PontormoThe Walters Art Museum

'Although Maria still wears the clothing of mourning for her deceased husband, Pontormo's elegant style conveys her aristocratic grace through her impossibly long fingers and her fashionably pale color (indicative of a life led out of the sun), which she shares with Giulia.'

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