BRONZINO, Agnolo
(b. 1503, Firenze, d. 1572, Firenze)

Jacopo Carrucci, called il Pontormo

1532-35
Black chalk, 388 x 256 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This drawing once was considered a Pontormo self-portrait. It is highly finished, suggesting that either Bronzino was planning a painting of the artist or that he was using Pontormo as a model to work out the pose for a commission from a Florentine patrician. In fact, Bronzino later used the same pose in his Portrait of Bartolomeo Panciatichi. The relationship to Michelangelo's statue of Giuliano de' Medici is striking.