Study of Jealousy

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Study of Jealousy


Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, 1503 - 1572)




Italy (Place created)


about 1545


Black chalk


16.2 x 11.9 cm (6 3/8 x 4 11/16 in.)

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With head tilted downwards, an anguished, bare-chested figure grips his skull with his two hands. The splayed fingers and muscular arm are the true subject, with only the sketchiest indication of the facial features and torso. Black chalk lines skillfully render the anatomical structure of the arm and fingers; and careful shading emphasizes taut flesh, joints, and fingernails. Despite his precise draftsmanship, Agnolo Bronzino left pentimenti, evidence of rethinking, along the elbow and inner side of the right arm in the study.

Bronzino made this drawing as a study of the figure who personifies Jealousy in his painting of Allegory of Venus and Cupid. To accurately represent the anguished pose, the artist drew from a studio model, precisely positioning the model's hands and arms. An X-ray of the painting shows that he first painted the hands higher and more horizontally across the head; he then probably worked out the position in this drawing and returned to rework the painting.


Jonathan Richardson the Elder, British, 1667 - 1745 (London, England)

Sir Joshua Reynolds, British, 1723 - 1792 (London, England)

- 1987

Michel Gaud, through late 20th century [Sotheby's, Monaco, June 20, 1987, lot 33]

Private Dealer (London, England)

Jonathan Richardson Senior as a Collector of Drawings (November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996
Drawing the Figure from Leonardo da Vinci to Lucien Freud (November 20, 1999 to February 27, 2000)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Sydney), November 20, 1999 to February 27, 2000
Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence (July 15 to October 19, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 15 to October 19, 2003
Bronzino Drawings (January 18 to April 18, 2010) (32)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), January 18 to April 18, 2010