(b. 1494, Pontormo, d. 1557, Firenze)

Lady with a Basket of Spindles

c. 1516
Oil on wood, 76 x 54 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The attribution of this painting is debated, recently it was assigned to Andrea del Sarto. Certain features of the lady's face reveal characteristics that are unquestionable Pontormesque. The slightly frowning expression, the reflection of a certain inner unease recalls those of the saints portrayed in the Pucci Altarpiece. Raphael's Velata has been proposed as the figurative model for the painting.