(b. 1494, Pontormo, d. 1557, Firenze)
Giovanni della Casa1542-46
Oil on panel, 102 x 79 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
This portrait represents Giovanni della Casa, who had the title of Florentine cleric and was in the city at various times between 1541 and 1544. He was one of the great literary personalities of his time. He was sent by Pope Paul III to Florence as emissary to Cosimo I de' Medici in January 1541.