Bust of a Boy in a Turban, a Winged Angel and Three Old Men

Object Details

Title:

Bust of a Boy in a Turban, a Winged Angel and Three Old Men

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacques de Gheyn II (Dutch, 1565 - 1629)

Culture:

Dutch

Place(s):

Netherlands (Place created)

Date:

about 1600

Medium:

Pen and brown ink on light brown fibrous paper, patched at bottom in the same paper

Dimensions:

11.9 x 20.6 cm (4 11/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

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The young man on the left gazes steadily outward, capturing the viewer's interest with his direct stare. His features seem more realistic, more like a portrait than the other, obviously imaginary figures, and his position squarely facing the viewer also isolates him. The care with which Jacques de Gheyn II rendered the boy's fanciful costume also contrasts with the other heads. Paying close attention to the fall of light, de Gheyn evoked the textures of the youth's clothing–especially the turban–with beautiful, varied penwork that demonstrates the creases and gathers. He built up the other heads using rather somewhat more regular cross-hatching.

De Gheyn first sketched the three foreground figures of the young boy and two men, then later added the angel and the female head. He seems to have been one of the first artists to mingle figures drawn from nature with those from his imagination. Scholars believe that these studies may have been cut from a larger sheet, with the triangular patch at the bottom added at that time.

Exhibitions
17th Century Dutch Drawings (July 21 to October 4, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 21 to October 4, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (48)
  • 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) (86)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Dutch Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (August 16 to October 23, 1994) (86)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 16 to October 23, 1994
Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (May 28 to August 25, 2002) (86)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 28 to August 25, 2002
Casting Characters: Portraits and Studies of Heads (November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004) (86)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004