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Denys Calvaert (Antwerp ca. 1540-1619 Bologna)
From the Collection of Jean Bonna
Denys Calvaert (Antwerp ca. 1540-1619 Bologna)

Head of a girl, turned to the left

Details
Denys Calvaert (Antwerp ca. 1540-1619 Bologna)
Head of a girl, turned to the left
black and red chalk on blue paper
7 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (18.9 x 14.9 cm)
Provenance
Jonathan Richardson, Sr. (1665-1745), London (L. 2184).
with Galerie de Bayser, Paris
Literature
N. Strasser, Dessins italiens de la Renaissance au siècle des Lumières. Collection Jean Bonna, Geneva, 2010, no. 62, ill.

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Drawn with a fine balance of naturalism and sweetness, this study of a young girl is related to the head of an angel carrying a basket of fruit in Calvaert's Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (inv. NG 2447; see Strasser, op. cit., p. 128, ill.). Executed in a combination of two chalks that was later adopted by Guido Reni, Calvaert's most prominent pupil, this detailed drawing followed a more general compositional study in the Albertina (inv. 17662). We thank Michele Danieli for confirming the attribution based on a digital photograph.

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