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Head of a bearded man looking upwards to the left
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (Attributed to)
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Head of a bearded man looking upwards to the left

First third of the XVI century. Red chalk on yellow paper. Not on display

Traditionally placed in the collection as Michelangelo. This identification of the drawing seems to go back as far as the eighteenth century, when the Martelli family of Florence apparently kept it together with their drawings by Michelangelo and his circle. According to the old Martelli inventory numbers, a sheet of red chalk studies attributed to Michelangelo ´s pupil Antonio Mini was kept as the immediately preceding drawing to the present one when in that collection.

Small thought this study may be, in my opinion it is indeed compatible with the early style of Parmigianino, and for this reason it is here placed under Parmigianino´s name. If indeed the work of Parmigianino, the Prado drawing would have been made at the very beginning of the artist´s career, while the influence of Correggio (c. 1489-1534) was still strong. A red chalk drawing by Parmigianino after Correggio in the Ashmolean offers a particularly good comparison in support of the present attribution (inv. no. KTP 330).

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.332

Technical data

Inventory number
D001740
Author
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (Attributed to)
Title
Head of a bearded man looking upwards to the left
Date
First third of the XVI century
Technique
Red chalk
Support
Yellow paper
Dimension
Height: 90 mm.; Width: 65 mm.
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Convegno internazionale di studi2002Parma), Parmigianino e il manierismo europeo, Convegno Internazionale di Studi (Parma, 13-15 giugno 2002), Milán, 2002, pp. 227-228 / lám. 1.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 333.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 332.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 922.

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Update date: 30-07-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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