Jacopo Carucci, known as Pontormo, (Pontorme, May 24, 1494 – Florence, January 2, 1557) was an Italian painter of the Florentine School and an exemplar of early Mannerism. Pupil of Andrea del Sarto, together with Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo himself taught painting to Bronzino and Giovanni Battista Naldini.
Discovered rather recently, the so-called "Diary" of Jacopo Pontormo, his only autograph manuscript known as the "Diary of Jacopo da Pontormo", was written on the same sheets of paper the artists used for the drawings in the church of St. Lawrence in Florence.
The diary, currently kept in the National Central Library of Florence, was written by the artist during the last three years of his life and left unfinished at his death on January 2, 1557.
The diary clearly reveals an odd, moody, and hypochondriacal personality. Pontormo lived as if he inhabited an imaginary slum where he isolated himself from strangers through a small drawbridge. Pontormo's writings show his stubborn will to meticulously report his daily diet and poor living conditions.
Vasari, in "The Lives", told about the young artist, enthusiastically portraying him as a child prodigy in painting; even the great Michelangelo acknowledged Pontormo's exceptional talent and claimed he would have a brilliant art career.