MADONNA & CHILD with MAGDALEN
SN 685, oil on panel, 1530/36, purchased 1955.
From "The Pages"
According to Vasari, he loved life, was “uomo pigro”: he never washed his hands, spent most of his days eating, drinking, and reveling.
Jacone could be a good painter when he wanted to be; however, he preferred the dissipated life. He was known for his chiaroscuro; his figures had distinct postures and eyes. Other than being a strange pupil, he was a great imitator. After del Sarto’s death, when he was with Pontormo, he imitated del Sarto’s style so well that it is hard to distinguish pupil from master. Today there are a few remaining paintings, the most valuable being the altarpiece in Santa Maria Nuovo, in Cortona.
The Madonna wears a green headscarf and a bright red robe. Mary, portrayed as a penitent, is in a simple dark brown robe.