The Head of a Woman in Profile Facing Left

Follower of Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, Vinci 1452–1519 Amboise) (Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio?)

Metalpoint, highlighted with white gouache, on pale blue-gray prepared paper
Overall: 5 3/16 x 4 in. (13.2 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower border of old mount (now lost), L; da V; vol. 2nd No. 3 (indicating the drawing's place in the Pembroke albums).

  • Provenance

    Sir Peter Lely (Pieter van der Faes) (British, Soest 1618–1680 London); Earls of Pembroke (British, Wilton House, near Salisbury, Wiltshire); Sotheby's, London, July 5–6, 9–10, 1917, no. 468, as Leonardo

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman," January 22, 2003–March 30, 2003.

  • References

    Sandford Arthur Strong Reproductions in Facsimile of Drawings by Old Masters in the Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery at Wilton House. London, 1900, Part 3, no. 28, repr., ill.

    Sotheby's, London, Earls of Pembroke [Pembroke sale] Catalogue of superb prints, drawings, pictures, and armour from the historical collections at Wilton House, Salisbury, the property of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Pembroke & Montgomery [July 5-6 & 9-10, 1917]. July 5-6, 9-10, 1917, cat. no. 468, p. 72.

    Bryson Burroughs "Drawings from the Pembroke Collection." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 14, no. 6, New York, June 1919, p. 137.

    Walter Mehring European Drawings from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Portfolio of Collotype Reproductions [Vol. 1: Italian Drawings; Vol. 2: Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings; Vol. 3: "New Series": Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 vols., New York, 1942-1944, also N.S., no. 3., cat. no. 11 (vol.1), fig. no. 11, ill.

    "Some Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum." Connoisseur. vol. 110, New York, January 1943, p. 149.

    Collection Frits Lugt-Fondation Custodia Le Dessin italien dans les collections hollandaise. Exh. cat., Paris, Rotterdam, Haarlem. Paris, Rotterdam, Haarlem, 1962, cat. no. 54.

    Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann Drawings from the Clark Art Institute. 2 vols., New Haven, Conn. and London, 1964, cat. no. 7, fig. no. 11, pp. 10-11, ill.

    Carlo Pedretti "Leonardo da Vinci." in Revue de l'Art. vol. 25, 1974, fig. no. p. 26, pp. 26-28, 33, ill.

    Leonardo da Vinci and His Followers in the Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Exh. (no catalogue): March 5 - June 7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981.

    Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turcic 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, cat. no. 112, fig. no. 112, pp. 121-22, ill.

    James Byam Shaw The Italian Drawings of the Frits Lugt Collection. vol. 1, Paris, 1983, cat. no. under no. 388, fig. no. 99, pp. 385 - 386, ill.

    Maria Teresa Fiorio Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio: Un pittore milanese nel lume di Leonardo. Milan and Rome, 2000, cat. no. C15, p. 175.

    Françoise Viatte, Varena Forcione Leonard de Vinci. Dessins et manuscrits. Exh. cat.: Paris, Musée du Louvre, May 5 - July 14. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2003, pp. 92, 209.

    Carmen C. Bambach Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman. Exh. cat.: January 22 - March 30, 2003. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press , New Haven and London, 2003, fig. no. 84, pp. 165-166, ill.

    Luke Syson, Larry Keith Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan. Ex. cat., The National Gallery, London. London, 2011, cat. no. under cat. 44, fig. no. 86, p. 190, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History