Study for a portrait by Agnolo Bronzino

Study for a three quarter length male portrait.

Details

Medium:
Black chalk on paper
Dimensions:
40 x 25 cm
Acquired in:
1958
Vendor:
Christie's

No previously known drawing perhaps so strongly evoked the deliberate, impassive, almost sinister coldness of Bronzino's painted portraits. The precise technique, and the arrangement of the folds on the sleeves, anticipate Ingres, as does the masterly subordination of elaborately-studied detail to largeness of conception. Faint chalk lines show that there was to be a background of drapery with an archway on the left.

Provenance

Skippe Collection, Mr Edward Holland-Martin.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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