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Seated Figure (recto); Reclining Figure (verso)
Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci) (Italian (Florentine), 1494 - 1557)
Italy (Place created)
Red chalk with some stumping
29.4 x 20 cm (11 9/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
Pontormo sketched both the
Biographer Giorgio Vasari wrote that Pontormo almost obsessively revised his ideas for this fresco; his many known drawings for the project attest to the search for perfection. In the foot and calf of this figure in particular, Pontormo approached the paper repeatedly, imparting almost nervous energy as he refined the lines. On the verso, the smooth outlines of the reclining figure skillfully match the relaxation and refinement of the pose itself. Pontormo ultimately transformed this figure's pose into that of a female attendant in the fresco.