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Jacopo Carucci Pontormo

Jacopo Carucci Pontormo (1494–ca. 1556)
Striding Nude with Arms Raised
Black and red chalk, traces of white chalk heightening
15 15/16 x 8 3/4 inches (405 x 224 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows with the special assistance of Mrs. Carl Stern and Mr. Janoz Scholz; 1954.4
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A pupil of Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo also explored the human figure in studies after garzoni posed in the studio, although he blended Andrea's naturalism with his own eccentric grace. Working in red chalk, he applied pressure to create bold contours and emphasize details, while reducing the heads to simple ovals or curves. The figures do not correspond to any known works by the artist and are more likely a free exercise in life drawing done about 1519–21, when Pontormo was at work on the decoration of the Great Hall in the Medici villa at Poggio a Caiano.

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