Four Studies of Heads Drawn over a Copy of Saint John the Evangelist by Correggio (recto); Three Studies of Men (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Four Studies of Heads Drawn over a Copy of Saint John the Evangelist by Correggio (recto); Three Studies of Men (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Annibale Carracci (Italian, 1560 - 1609)

or Lodovico Carracci (Italian, 1555 - 1619)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1585

Medium:

Black chalk (recto); black and red chalk (verso)

Dimensions:

27.6 x 20.6 cm (10 7/8 x 8 1/8 in.)

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In these studies of various men, Annibale or Lodovico Carracci observed his companions with great liveliness and force. Paper was extremely valuable, so Carracci used a sheet that already contained a copy after a figure group--the man holding a lamb drawn sideways from the left center. The two profile views of the bearded man wearing a hat, one at the top left and one along the center left edge, were probably his next additions. Gazing squarely at the viewer, the young man with his head cupped in his hands at the upper right overlaps the earlier profiles. At the bottom, drawing from the side, Carracci squeezed in a youth whose hat covers his sketchy eyes.

When the Getty Museum purchased this drawing in 1985, the conservator lifted the sheet from its mount and discovered additional studies on the verso: at the bottom another man with a hat (possibly the same man as on the recto), at the top an upside-down young boy resting on his arms, and at the right an unfinished red chalk study of a head sideways.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (23; recto)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (13; recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Jonathan Richardson Senior as a Collector of Drawings (November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999
Casting Characters: Portraits and Studies of Heads (November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004
A North Italian Itinerary: Renaissance Drawings from Leonardo to Titian (December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006
The Secret Life of Drawings (November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011) (recto and verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011
Recent Acquisitions in Context (December 2, 2014 to February 22, 2015) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 2, 2014 to February 22, 2015