Head of a Child, an Angel and a Hand (recto); Male Figure (verso)

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Head of a Child, an Angel and a Hand (recto); Male Figure (verso)


Fra Bartolommeo (Baccio della Porta) (Italian, 1472 - 1517)




Italy (Place created)


about 1510 - 1515


Black and white chalk


24.1 x 16.8 cm (9 1/2 x 6 5/8 in.)

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Fra Bartolommeo used the chalk medium in all its soft expressiveness to create delicate modulations of light and shade. Through drawing he explored light effects, as well as the pose and attitude of his figures. His subtle effects of shadow and sfumato recall the works of his Florentine predecessor Leonardo da Vinci. These chalk studies are characteristic of the drawings Fra Bartolommeo made in preparation for painted works, though they have never been connected with a particular painting.

Italian Master Drawings (May 5 to July 19, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), May 5 to July 19, 1992
16-17th Century European Drawings (December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010