The J. Paul Getty Museum

Head of a Young Boy

Object Details

Title:

Head of a Young Boy

Artist/Maker:

Jan Cossiers (Flemish, 1600 - 1671)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Flanders, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1658

Medium:

Red and black chalk

Object Number:

98.GB.15

Dimensions:

20 × 15.4 cm (7 7/8 × 6 1/16 in.)

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Object Description

Jan Cossiers probably drew this portrait sketch of his son Cornelis from life. He quickly captured the tilt of his son's head as he stares fixedly over his right shoulder. Loose, flowing strokes capture his strong profile, slightly open mouth, and tousled, shoulder-length hair. Black chalk delineates the boy's features, such as the hair, upturned nose and prominent upper lip, while subtle touches of red chalk describe the flesh tones.

Cossiers made many sketches of his children, including the six sons from his second wife. He arranged the sketches, few of which survive, in accordance with the children's ages, beginning with the sheet representing the youngest boy. The number 36 in the upper left corner of the sheet indicates that there were once at least thirty-six numbered drawings grouped together.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Red Chalk Drawings (March 16 to May 30, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to May 30, 1999
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders (August 29 to October 22, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 29 to October 22, 2000
Casting Characters: Portraits and Studies of Heads (November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015