Maso Finiguerra (Florence 1426-1464)
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Maso Finiguerra (Florence 1426-1464)

Head of a man with curly hair looking right

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Maso Finiguerra (Florence 1426-1464)
Head of a man with curly hair looking right
traces of black chalk, pen and brown ink, light brown wash, shaped along the right edge, made up at lower edge
2 ¾ x 2 ¼ in. (7.1 x 5.3 cm)
Provenance
Pelli-Fabbroni Collection, Florence.
De Sanctis Collection; W. Kundig, Geneva, 22 November 1947, lot 206, pl. XXII (SF 2100, as Antonio Pollaiuolo).
with Colnaghi, London (Exhibition of Old Master Drawings, 1949, no. 15), where acquired by Robert Landolt.
Literature
B. Degenhart and A. Schmitt, Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen, 1300-1450, I, Süd und Mittelitalien, Berlin, 1968, II, p. 597, fig. 866, note 62 (as Florence circa 1460-1470, from the ‘Finiguerra Group’).
R. Kubiak, Maso Finiguerra, Ph.D. diss., University of Virginia, 1974, p. 184 (as not by Maso Finiguerra).
L. Melli, Maso Finiguerra. I disegni, Florence, 1995, no. 139, fig. 155.
F. Grisolia, 'Per Maso Finiguerra. Sulle tracce di un ''libretto in quarto di disegni''', Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, LX, 2018, no. 2, fig. 17, p. 305 and 308.
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Please note that there is additional literature for this lot which is not stated in the printed catalogue:
F. Grisolia, 'Per Maso Finiguerra. Sulle tracce di un ''libretto in quarto di disegni''', Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, LX, 2018, no. 2, fig. 17, p. 305 and 308.

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Lot Essay


Inspired by a Classical source like a Roman bust, this work is entirely representative of Maso and his practice. It relates to similar head studies in the Louvre and a private collection (see Melli, op. cit., nos. 107, 157, ill.).
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