Study of the Head and Shoulders of a Young Man by Lodovico Cigoli

This very beautiful, rapidly-executed oil-sketch of a young man, obviously taken from the life, has all the immediacy of a drawing with the scale and grandeur of a painting.

Details

Medium:
Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions:
44 x 36 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,625 ( Total: £7,500)
Acquired in:
1984
Vendor:
Colnaghi

The subject has been identified as a study for the head of an angel in the upper part of Cigoli's St Heraclius carrying the Cross, which is in the church of San Marco in Florence. This sketch most powerfully demonstrates Cigoli's masterly use of colour, which can be traced to the influence of Barocci whose own oil-sketches of single heads it so much resembles.

Provenance

Colnagi.

Venue details

Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

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