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Head of a youth, looking down, in profile to left
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Height: 209 millimetres
Width: 165 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The mechanical handling of this drawing may be partly explained by the fact that the outline of the head was pounced onto the page, probably from an original drawing by one of Signorelli's assistants. The head may be that of a woman: it corresponds closely, in reverse, to the woman on the far l of the altarpiece of the 'Crucifixion' in Urbino.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, Catalogue of Drawings in the Collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., F.R.S., now in the possession of his Grandson, T. Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick of Thirlestaine House, Cheltenham', London, 1935, pp. 58-9, no. 1 (as Girolamo Genga); B. Berenson, 'The Drawings of the Florentine Painters', Chicago, 1938, II, no. 2509 K-1, p. 336; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 344 (with previous literature); C. Van Cleave, 'Luca Signorelli as a Draughtsman', unpublished D.Phil. diss., Oxford, 1995, no. B12, pp. 203-4.
Popham & Pouncey 1950
In the Woodburn Sale and Fenwìck Catalogues attributed to Genga. Listed by Berenson under School of Signorelli. The drawing is close to the master in technique but far below him in quality, and was therefore presumably made by a pupil in his studio.
Literature: BB 2509K-1 (Gazette, x (1933), pp. 286 ff., fig. 6); Fenwick Catalogue, p. 58, no. 1.
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