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

Four Evangelists

c. 1550
Black chalk on paper, 413 x 177 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Pontormo's last major commission was the decoration of the choir of San Lorenzo in Florence for Duke Cosimo. He worked on these frescoes from 1546 until his death in 1557. This now destroyed programme, including a Resurrection and Last Judgment but mainly a cycle of scenes from the Genesis, constituted Pontormo's final artistic testament. Drawings, such as that shown by the picture, provide the basis for its reconstruction.