- Museum number
Portrait of an unknown bearded man; head and shoulders turned slightly to left, looking to front, wearing a hat and with shoulder-length wavy hair. c.1500
Black chalk, on light brown paper
- Production date
- 1500 (circa)
Height: 398 millimetres
Width: 314 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Popham and Pouncey's suggestion that this portrait might be by Caselli is noted by Agosti among a list of drawings that have been associated with his name.
Lit.: H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, 'The Drawings of the Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries', New York, 1944, no. 802, p. 190, pl. XL, 1 (as Marco Marziale); A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 330, II, pl. CCLXXXIII (with previous literature); G. Agosti, in exhib. cat., Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, 'Disegni del Rinascimento in Valpadana', 2001, under no. 23, p. 155
This drawing was issued as a coloured facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Drawings by Old Masters in the British Museum', Part II, Published by the Trustees, in 1891 where it was number XIII and described there as 'Venetian School, Portrait of a Bearded Man.' In the facsimile the mark on the man's left chest was removed during the photographic process.
Popham & Pouncey 1950
In the General Inventory of 1837 this drawing is described as a "bust of a man resembling A. Dürer". Colvin was disposed to accept this identification and to date the drawing 1506/7, the period of Dürer's second visit to Venice.
The names of Bonsignori and Filippo Mazzola have been suggested for the artist. The Tietzes adopt an attribution to Marziale which Colvin found unconvincing. It is conceivably correct; but the type and the sense of plasticity suggest that Cristoforo Caselli may be the author.
Literature: B.M. Reproductions, ii (1891), XIII; B.M. Guide, 1891, no. 5; S. C(olvin), Vasari Society, First Series, iv (1908/9), 8; Tietzes, no. 802, pl. XL.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1974 July-Dec, BM, Portrait Drawings, no.26
2008/9 Oct-Jan, London, National Gallery, The Renaissance Portrait
2010 April-Aug, Moray Arts Centre, Nameless: Anonymous Drawings of 15th & 16th Century Italy
2017 13 Jul-22 Oct, London, National Portrait Gallery, The Encounter: Portrait from British Collections
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Popham & Pouncey 1950
Pieter Spiering van Silvercroon, 1637 (removed in 1887 from a volume containing drawings by Dürer on the cover of which is stamped: "AD [Dürer's monogram] Teeckening 1637". The identity of the collector, was not known to Hind; cf. A. M. Hind, 'Catalogue of Drawings by Dutch and Flemish Artists', iv (1931), pp. xiii ff.). On the 1637 album, see Ilja M. Veldman, "Portrait of an art collector: Pieter Spiering van Silvercroon" Simiolus 38:4 (2015/16): 243.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.47