Portrait of a bearded man, half-length, wearing a slashed doublet

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of a bearded man, half-length, wearing a slashed doublet

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to L'Anonyme Lécurieux (French, active 1555 - 1581)

Culture:

French

Date:

1575

Medium:

Black and red chalk

Dimensions:

33 × 22.2 cm (13 × 8 3/4 in.)

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With his piercing gaze and fashionable attire, this unidentified gentleman must have been among the most dashing members of the French court. The artist meticulously recorded his ruffed collar, elaborately tied doublet, and handsome mustache with strokes of red and black chalk, blending the two colors to achieve brown tones and create an astonishingly lifelike presence. Artists began making bust length portraits like this at the French court in the late 1500s. Such drawings, made as independent works of art, were particularly prized among the nobility, who appreciated their exquisite execution and the accuracy with which they presented a sitter's likeness.

Provenance
January 22, 2003

Christie's (New York) (New York), lot 58

Exhibitions
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
Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why (January 29 to May 4, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 29 to May 4, 2008
The Birth of Pastel (June 1 to December 17, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 1 to December 17, 2017