Description & Technical information

Similar heads appear in a number of paintings by Flaminio Torre, such as a Holy Family in the convent of San Giuseppe in Bologna, and another depiction of the same subject in a Bolognese private collection.

Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  Italy
Medium: Black chalk, Heightened with white chalk, On light brown paper
Signature: Inscribed Flaminio Torri and numbered 38 in on the former mount.

Dimensions: 23.7 x 17.9 cm (9³/₈ x 7 inches)
Provenance: Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 15 December 1992, lot 109
P. & D. Colnaghi, in 1993
Private collection, Middlesex
Thence by descent.

Literature: Mario di Giampaolo, ed., Disegno italiano antico: Artisti e opere dal Quattrocento al Settecento, Milan, 1994, illustrated p.217.

Exhibitions: London, Colnaghi, Master Drawings, 1993, no.28.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints