This chalk drawing by an unknown Italian artist was identified recently as an early copy of Jacopo da Pontormo’s now-ruined fresco of Christ Carrying the Cross, painted in 1525 at the Certosa da Galluzo near Florence. In his Lives of the Artists (1550), Giorgio Vasari noted that Pontormo’s fresco was deeply indebted to Dürer’s woodcuts.
BRF108 Flat-B. Follower of Jacopo Pontormo (1494–1557). Christ Carrying the Cross. Chalk drawing. Florence, 16th century.
Red chalk drawing on tinted paper
Pontormo, Jacopo, 1494–1557 (follower), “BRF0108 Flat-B,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed March 28, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1862.