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.

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.



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