In this arresting study of a man’s head, the subject is portrayed in three-quarter view, directly confronting the viewer with his gaze. With white heightening, the artist carefully studied the effect of light upon his individual facial features and the contours of his hair. Head studies of this kind, executed in similar technique and with meticulous attention to physiognomy, recall the work of Domenico Ghirlandaio; however, the drawing was probably made by an artist in his circle.
Marking: Annotated on the verso on the backing paper in pencil: Coll Th Lawrence / No. 7; in another hand: Ghirlandajo No 7 and Heyl zu Hernsheim
Thomas Lawrence, London (?); William Mayor, London (Lugt 2799); Max von Heyl zu Herrnsheim, Darmstadt (Lugt 2879); Heyl zu Herrnsheim sale 1903, lot 184, ill.; Dr. Güterbock; Edwin Czeczowiczka, Vienna; Czeczowiczka sale 1930, lot 78, ill.; Alfred Jowett, Killinghall, Harrogate, Yorkshire; Jowett sale 1948, lot 3, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1948 (?).
Artist: Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico Bigordi) (Italian, Florence 1448/49–1494 Florence)Date: 1492–94Medium: Pen and brown ink; leadpoint or soft black chalkAccession: 1972.118.11On view in:Not on view