Head of a Bearded Man Looking to Lower Left (Nicodemus)
Federico Barocci (Italian, Urbino ca. 1535–1612 Urbino)
Brush and oil paint on paper
15 1/4 x 10 3/4in. (38.7 x 27.3cm)
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1976
Not on view
This full-scale colored oil sketch on paper was preparatory for the head of Nicodemus, one of the bearers of the body of the dead Christ in Federico Barocci's 'Entombment', painted for the Confraternita della Croce in Senigallia, near Urbino. The altarpiece was begun by Barocci in 1579 and finished in 1582: during the process of preparation of the canvas, the artist produced a sizeable number of drawings (around fifty sheets: for this group see Emiliani 2008; Mann and Bohn 2012), including a second study for the head of Nicodemus which is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (Woodner Collection inv. 1991.182.16). As is typical of Barocci's working practice, the oil sketches probably followed the preparation of the cartoon (no longer extant) in the design process. (C.C.B.)
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Artist: Federico Barocci (Italian, Urbino ca. 1535–1612 Urbino) Date: 1592–99Medium: Black chalk, highlighted with white chalk and touches of red chalk, on blue-gray paperAccession: 50.143On view in:Not on view