Virgin and Child, known as the Madonna del Libro
Oil on panel
Pontormo was the foremost painter in Florence of the generation following Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo, and the preferred artist of the Medici dukes. This painting is the only surviving fragment of his most famous composition (the complete image is recorded in no fewer than twenty-five sixteenth-century copies) and the latest known work from the artist's hand. Left incomplete in Pontormo's studio at the time of his death, it was probably cut centuries later to its present size and shape.
Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 222, 394, pl. 209.