Much has been written about the identity of the sitter in this portrait. In 1568, Vasari noted that Pontormo painted a beautiful work, a portrait of Francesco Guardi. In 1612, however, the name of Cosimo i de' Medici was attached to a description of the portrait. In this volume, Cropper argues that the subject of the painting is indeed Francesco Guardi. She discusses not only the specific determination of the sitter but the tools and methods used in general for establishing the people and places portrayed in works of art.
The series introduces individual works or small groups of related works to a general audience and demonstrates the range of approaches that can be taken in analyzing works of art. Each monograph features close discussion of its subject and detailed analysis of the broader historical and cultural context of the work. Under discussion here is a masterpiece of Italian Mannerism, a painting by Pontormo of the that remains mysterious because of controversy over the identity of the youth who is portrayed. An attractively designed, well illustrated book at a good price. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.