His final years were sadly spent in great pain, roaming the streets, disheveled and fearful, a shell of his former self. He died a pauper’s death, a victim of what was known at the time as “dropsy,” today recognized as edema. He was buried on January 2, 1557 in the sumptuous Church of Santissima Annunziata, in the quiet chapel of St. Luke, the same chapel that contains his Sacra Conversazione, completed when he was just 19 years old. Opposite this is the Trinity, by his beloved Bronzino, marking Pontormo’s final resting place. Bronzino created the memorial to him including two portraits; Bronzino himself is on the right, Pontormo on the left.
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