- Museum number
Head of a boy turned to front, inclined to left. 1505-7
Silverpoint with touches of pen and brown ink in the mouth and eyes, heightened with white, on grey-cream prepared paper
- Production date
- 1505-1507 (circa)
Height: 272 millimetres
Width: 214 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The unfinished appearance of this drawing has made it difficult to date, although the refined execution of the face is consistent with the period when Dürer was in Italy, or shortly after his return to Nuremberg. There is a similarity between the boy in this drawing and that of the study 'Head of the twelve-year old Christ' in the Albertina, Vienna (Strauss 1506/34) for the painting of 1506 ' Christ among the Doctors in Madrid' (Anzelewsky 98). The boy is also very close in appearance to Dürer's small painting on canvas 'Head of a boy, inclined to the left' and its pendant 'Head of a boy, inclined to the right' in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (Anzelewsky 78 and 79). For a comparison with the two heads of boys on canvas in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, see also 'Dibujos del Renacimiento, coleccion de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France', exh cat. Barcelona and Paris, 2004, under nos. 7-8. The distinctive watermark in this sheet, also seen in 'Head of a woman looking down' (1895,0915.978) reveals that Dürer used the same stock of paper for drawings made over a period of time (see Bartrum 2015, p.71 and Russell, Rayner and Bescoby, 2016 for detailed description of the watermark, images and analysis of the technique).
Lit. from J.Rowlands 'Drawings by German Artists and Artists from German-speaking regions of Europe in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum: the Fifteenth Century, and the Sixteenth Century by Artists born before 1530', London, BM Press, 1993, no. 170: Waagen, Treasures, i, p. 230, no. 41; Hausmann, Naumann's Archiv, p. 108, no. 41; Lippmann, part xxiii, p. 8, no. 247, repr.; Conway, p. 18, no. 258; BM Guide, 1928, p. 24, no. 231; Flechsig, Dürer, ii, p. 326; Tietze, iii, p. 122, no. A 348, repr.; Winkler, Dürer, ii, p. 14, no. 284, repr.; Panofsky, ii, p. 112, no. 1095; Nuremberg, Dürer, 1971, p. 58, no. 88, repr.; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 22, no. 125; Winkler, Leben, p. 180; Anzelewsky, Dürer, p. 181, under no. 78; J. Rowlands, MD, x, 1972, p. 383; Strauss, i, p. 438, no. 1497/5, repr.; BM Dürer and Holbein, pp. 84-87, no. 57, repr.
Additional lit.: Giulia Bartrum, 'Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy', exhibition catalogue, London, British Museum, 2002, no.102; Iris Brahms, 'Zwischen Licht und Schatten: zur Tradition der Farbgrundzeichnung bis Albrecht Dürer', Paderborn, 2016, p. 243, fig. IV.7; Giulia Bartrum in 'Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns', edited by Stacey Sell and Hugo Chapman, Princeton and Oxford, 2015, p. 71, pl.28; Joanna Russell, Judith Rayner and Jenny Bescoby, ' Northern European Metalpoint Drawings: technical examination and analysis', London, 2016, pp 41, 42, 58.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 231
1960 BM, 'Sloane Drawings', (no cat.)
1971 May - August, Nuremberg Germ.Nationalmuseum, Dürer, no.88
1971 BM, 'Dürer', no.125
1988 Jul-Oct, BM, 'Age of Dürer & Holbein', no.57
2002/3 Dec-Mar, BM, 'Dürer and his Legacy', no. 102
2003 Sep-Dec, Vienna, Albertina, 'Albrecht Dürer' no. 125
2015 May-Jul, Washington, NGA, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
2015 10 Sep-6 Dec, London, British Museum, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
- Acquisition date
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- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.41