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Head of a youth in profile to left
Red chalk, heightened with white
- Production date
- 1526-1527 (circa)
Height: 102 millimetres
Width: 81 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This may be related to the head of Daniel in the composition of 'Daniel in the Lions' Den' in Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma. One of six drawings for this composition in the BM (See 1905,1110.36-38; 1905,1110.40; 1946,0713.441* and 1905,1110.44), for a list of other connected drawings see 1905,1110.8. It is perhaps inspired by the right hand figure in the antique marble group, the 'Laocoon', which Parmigianino likely studied when in Rome between 1524 and 1527. Serra has proposed that the three known red chalk studies of heads from the 'Laocoon' group were originally executed on the same sheet prior to being cut into individual sheets at a later date. The two other studies are located in the Louvre (inv. 6424) and at Chatsworth (inv. 347b). For Parmigianino's study of the 'Laocoon', see also Agosti's entry on one of the drawings derived from it (743 E; Agosti, 2001, no. 88). Achim Gnann dates the drawing to Parmigianino's Roman period which may be correct, which would not preclude the artist using it as a source for Daniel in the Steccata.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', New Haven and London, , 1971, I, no.240; G. Agosti, in exhib. cat., Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, ‘Disegni del Rinascimento in Valpadana’, 2001, under no. 88, p. 380; R. Serra in exhib. cat., Paris, Louvre, 'Parmigianino: Dessins du Louvre', 2015, no. 92; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, p. 99, no. 255
Though the head seems ultimately to derive from that of the youth on the right of the Laocoon group, its style suggests a later period than that of Parmigianino's stay in Rome when the two studies of the same head in the Uffizi (no. 743E : repr. Copertini, ii, pl. cxii) were no doubt made, one of which served for the head of the youth on the extreme r. of the etching of the 'Entombment' (B. xvi, p. 8, 5). I suspect that the present drawing dates from Parmigianino's last period in Parma : the head may be compared with that in the drawing of a 'canephoros' in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1261). It may be a study for the head of Daniel in the composition 1905,1110.36.
Literature: Quintavalle, p. 200 (register number incorrectly given).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- For a note on the acquisition history, see 1905,1110.11.
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