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Study of Eleven Heads

Artist:
Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Medium:
Pen and three shades of brown ink with black chalk on laid paper; framing lines in brown ink and graphite
Dimensions:
sheet: 12 1/2 x 9 3/16 in. (31.8 x 23.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, Frits and Rita Markus Fund, and Charles and Jessie Price Gift, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.101
Not on view
This drawing is from a group of studies intended as a repertoire of figures for practice and reference. It is one of the most significant and most intact of several such sheets composed by de Gheyn, who worked primarily as a printmaker and draftsman, and was trained by Hendrick Goltzius. The drawing combines images from life (the young man viewed from several angles, blowing a conch shell) with those invented by the artist (the Medusa head and the two strange, long-haired figures, possibly Gypsies, in the center). The varied style of drawing suggests that de Gheyn created the sheet during at least two distinct periods in his career. As technical analysis reveals that he used three different types of ink, he may even have made the drawings on three separate occasions.
Inscription: Verso: at upper left corner, inscribed "10 £" (?) in blue and black crayon; at lower right corner, inscribed "de Ghyn" [sic] in graphite

Marking: On mat, at lower right corner, stamped with collector's mark of Michael Ingram in black ink: "M" above and "W" below an octagon with a symbol inside (not in Lugt)
Aubrey Beese (Cirencester, United Kingdom), purchased from him by Michael Ingram in 1954; purchased by Michael Ingram (British, 1917–2005)in 1954; his sale, Sotheby's, London, December 8, 2005, lot 19sale December 8, 2005, lot 19; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," September 17, 2007–January 6, 2008.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paper Chase: Two Decades of Collecting Drawings and Prints," December 9, 2014–March 16, 2015.

Sotheby's, London The Ingram Collection: Drawings and Watercolours from the Collection of the late Michael Ingram. Sale cat. December 8, 2005, cat. no. 19.

Carmen C. Bambach, Nadine Orenstein, Samantha Rippner, Perrin Stein "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2005-2006." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 64, no. 2, New York, Fall 2006, p. 35, ill.

Stijn Alsteens, Nadine Orenstein "Dutch and Flemish drawings, prints and books recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art." in Codart Courant. vol. 20, 2010, pp. 4-5, ill.



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