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Head of a Young Woman Looking to Lower Right

Artist:
Federico Barocci (Italian, Urbino ca. 1535–1612 Urbino)
Date:
1565
Medium:
Black, red, and yellow chalk
Dimensions:
9 7/16 x 7 3/8in. (24 x 18.7cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Pfeiffer Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.136.3
Not on view
This exquisite, though fragile and abraded drawing in color served as a study for the head of the Virgin in the Madonna di San Giovanni, a votive altarpiece probably painted for the Church of the Capuchin Fathers at Crocicchia around 1565, and then transferred to the Convent of the Capuchins in Urbino (Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino; reproduced and discussed with related drawings in Emiliani 1975, I, pp.29-31). The facial features of the Virgin in the Museum's drawing are nearly identical to those in the altarpiece, but her head is not yet covered with a veil. The related study for the head of the Virgin in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. 2864) shows the suggestion of a veil on her cranium, and hence may have followed in the sequence of preliminary design for the altarpiece.
(Carmen C. Bambach)
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower right, "Cortona" (?) ; on verso, "Barocci."
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; Vendor: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 16, 1983–April 17, 1983.

"Rubens Drawings Sold" in Pratt Alumnus Quarterly. Pratt Alumnus Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 2, Pratt Alumnus Quarterly, New York, 1966, fig. no. no. 12, p. 12, ill.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, cat. no. 19, fig. no. 19, p. 31, ill.

Suzanne Folds McCullagh "Italian Drawings at the Art Institute: recent acquisitions and discoveries" Museum Studies. 17, Chicago, 1991, p. 57 (as Federico Barocci).

Suzanne Folds McCullagh "Early portraits, portrayals and pastels in the art of Federico Barocci" Festschrift für Konrad Oberhuber. ed. by Achim Gnann, and Heinz Widauer, Milan, 2000, pp, 166-170, 174, fig. 3 (as Federico Barocci), ill.



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