(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955], Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 13 March 1941 as Sodoma; gift to the Staten Island Museum in 1961, no. A1961.17.1.
Follower of Pontormo
Portrait of a Lady
Staten Island, N.Y., Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Study Collection (61-17.1), since 1961. Wood. 22 3/4 X 18 1/4 in. (57.8 X 46.4 cm.). Fair condition; some restorations in face and dress. The somewhat startling effect of the frank expression of the sitter suggests a dependence upon Pontormo's portraits, such as the Lady with a Lap Dog in the Stadel Institut, Frankfurt.(1) Coiffure and dress are based on the styles of about 1540. Provenance: Contini Bonacossi, Florence. Kress acquisition, 1941.
(1) K596 has been attributed by F. M. Perkins (in ms. opinion) to a Florentine influenced by Raphael and Andrea del Sarto and related to Ridolfo Ghirlandaio; it is attributed by A. Venturi (in ms. opinion) to Sodoma.