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Five caricature male heads
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 182 millimetres
Width: 176 millimetres (four corners cut)
- Curator's comments
- Carmen Bambach suggested in June 2010 that this was drawn by Aurelio Luini.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 45 (as Leonardo); A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 123, II, pl. CXIII (with previous literature); M.K. Kwakkelstein, 'Leonardo da Vinci's Grotesque Heads and the Breaking of the Physiognomic Mould', "Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institute", 1991, LIV, p. 133, pl. 37d
Popham & Pouncey 1950
No original by Leonardo of any of the heads is known to us, though they are Leonardesque in character, especially that on the extreme r. of the bottom row.
The drawing is probably an exercise in the master's manner by an imitator.
There is an etching of a head somewhat similar to the r.-hand upper head (reversed) in Gerli, pl. xii.
Literature: JCR 45.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2012/13, Oct-Feb, Malaga, Museo Picasso Malaga, 'The Grotesque Factor'
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