Bust of a Bearded Figure.

Andrea Solario (Italian, Milan ca. 1465–1524 Milan)

Black, red, and ochre chalk on light brown paper (with later, substantive reintegration of the support and drawing surface along the right edges and upper portions of the sheet; detached from canvas support in 1958)
sheet: 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (37.5 x 27.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Watermark: eight-petal flower (Briquet 6605).

  • Provenance

    Samuel Woodburn (British, 1786–1853), until 1854; Christie's, London, June 16-25, 1854, no. 38(as Bernardino Luini)

  • Exhibition History

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

  • References

    Wilhelm Suida "Andrea Solario in the Light of Newly Discovered Documents and Unpublished Works." The Art Quarterly. vol. 8, no.1, Winter 1945, fig. no. 5, pp. 18, 23, ill.

    Luisa Cogliati Arano Andrea Solario.. 2nd edition (1st edition 1965). Milan, 1966, p. 103.

    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. 122, fig. no. 122, p. 131, ill.

    Sylvie Béguin Andrea Solario en France. Exh. cat., Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1985. Les dossiers du département des peintures, 31, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1985, p. 91, under no.

    David Alan Brown Andrea Solario. Milan, 1987, fig. no. 219, pp. 253, 270, 28, ill.

    Carlo Pedretti, Patricia Trutty-Coohill The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and His Circle in America. Florence, 1993, cat. no. 40, p. 77.

    Thomas McGrath Disegno, colore and the disegno colorito: The Use and Significance of Color in Italian Renaissance Drawings Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard University, Cambridge. PhD diss., 1994 fig. no. fig. 29, pp. 64-65, 140-1, ill.

    William M. Griswold, Linda Wolk-Simon Sixteenth Century Italian Drawings in New York Collections. Exh. cat.: January 11 - March 27, 1994. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994, cat. no. 45, fig. no. p. 186, pp. 50, 186., ill.

    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, p. 332.

    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, (entry by Linda Wolk-Simon), cat. no. 129, pp. 660-661, ill.

    Mina Gregori, Andrea Bayer Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy. Ex. cat. Yale University Press, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and New Haven, 2004, (entry by Linda Wolk-Simon), cat. no. 22, p. 103, ill.

    Mina Gregori, Andrea Bayer Pittori della realta: Le ragioni di una rivoluzione da Foppa e Leonardo a Caravaggio e Ceruti. Exh. cat., Cremona, Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, 2004. Electa, Milan, 2004, (entry by Linda Wolk-Simon), pp. 114-15.

    Giovanna Giacobello Bernard (ed.) Leonardo da Vinci: Capolavori in mostra. Exh. cat., Turin, Biblioteca Reale. Milan, 2006, cat. no. II.7, pp. 96-97.

    Carmen C. Bambach "Leonardo's Notes on Pastel Drawings." Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz. Le tecniche del disegno rinascimentale: dai materiali allo stile. Atti del convegno internazionale a cura di Marzia Faietti, Lorenza Melli, Alessandro Nova. (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence).. nos. 2/3, vol. LII, Florence, 2008, fig. no. 19, pp. 195-97, note 61, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History