This very interesting and rare cartoon, although it does not seem to relate to one of Baldassare Peruzzi's known works, can be plausibly attributed to him. The physiognomy of the woman's face shares much with Peruzzi's Sienese female type; the slightly oblique eyes and the pointed nose are features encountered quite often in his drawings and paintings. The man's head reflects Peruzzi's Roman association with the school of Raphael, therefore this could be a work of around 1511 when he was working in the Vatican and in the Villa Farnesina. Vasari writes that Peruzzi anticipated Polidoro da Caravaggio in painting façades in chiaroscuro and also did grisaille decorations.1 The use of wash in the present cartoon recalls the technique of a grisaille painting.
1. G. Vasari, Le Vite dei più eccellenti Pittori Scultori ed Architetti, ed. G. Milanesi, Florence 1879, vol. IV, pp. 592 to 594
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