"The Halberdier" by Pontormo

Painted around 1530 by the great Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo, this beautiful portrait of a young Florentine soldier is thought by some to be the portrait of Francesco Guardi mentioned by Vasari, and by others a young Cosimo I de’Medici. Standing before a fortress wall, the soldier holds a weapon that is half spear and half battle axe, known as a “halberd.” It was purchased by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1989 for the then record sum of $32.5 million.


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