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

Studies of Maria Salviati

c. 1543
Red chalk, 265 x 188 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

In this drawing for the Portrait of Maria Salviati, the mother of Cosimo I de' Medici, Pontormo shows Salviati with an aged face, suggesting that it was made toward the end of her life. In the painting, the sagging flesh around the eyes and mouth has been smoothed.