This very handsome study is drawn with the skill of an artist such as Giovanni da San Giovanni, who was able to embody the great Florentine tradition of both painting and drawing of the previous century. Although his style is often characterized by an original and playful manner, it is based on a very classical formation, with great attention to detail. He worked on important commissions in Florence and from 1621-27, after the death of Cosimo II, was part of the Barberinis' circle in Rome. The characterization of the present head, charged as it is with emotion, is also reminiscent of Cecco Bravo. Both he and Giovanni da San Giovanni were pupils of Matteo Rosselli whose teaching formed a generation of Florentine painters, imparting a classical emphasis on the importance of drawing, while also allowing personalities like Giovanni da San Giovanni and Cecco Bravo to develop their own individual styles. The red chalk here is freely and strongly applied, defining clearly the structure and physiognomy of the shouting head, which is almost life size.