Lombard School circa 1500
the head of a bald man
- bears illegible, partly erased period inscription in pencil, upper right
- metalpoint, heightened with white, partly over stylus, on prepared paper
sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 1988, lot 35 (as Follower of Leonardo da Vinci)
This interesting early study of the head of a man does not appear to be directly related to a known drawing by Leonardo, although there is a certain similarity to a red chalk study in the Louvre of an older, more expressive head.1 Drawn with silverpoint, the hatching is mostly left-handed. Leonardo's caricatures and physiognomies circulated almost immediately after they were executed and were widely copied from the early sixteenth century on, creating a fashion for such studies with all of Leonardo's followers, and exerting a strong influence on later generations.
1. Inv. no. 2249; Françoise Viatte and Varena Forcione, Léonard de Vinci, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Louvre, 2003, p. 179, no. 57, reproduced p. 182