Lot 2
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Lombard School circa 1500

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
12,000 GBP
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  • 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


W. Mayor (L.2799);
sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 1988, lot 35 (as Follower of Leonardo da Vinci)


W. Mayor, A Brief Chronological Description of Original Drawings and Sketches by the most celebrated masters,....,London 1871, p. 3, no. 10 (as Leonardo da Vinci)

Catalogue Note

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