SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
CIRCLE OF FEDERICO BAROCCI
HEAD OF CHRIST
oil on paper laid on canvas
canvas: 19¼ by 14⅛ in.; 48.9 by 35.9 cm.
The paper is laid on canvas. Canvas is lined. There is visible craquelure throughout with associated loss. Some of the lines of retouching that address the spots of loss have discolored and fluoresce under UV. Further reading is impeded due to a dirty varnish, but spots of retouching are scattered throughout. Offered unframed.
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This painting relates to a Head of Christ Barocci painted on copper in a Private Collection, Milan . The similar portrayal of Christ's face in both works, which evokes His agony, derives from Barocci's Christ on the Cross in the Museo del Prado, Madrid .
1. Oil on copper, 43.8 by 30 cm. See A. Emiliani, Federico Barocci (Urbino, 1535-1612), Ancona 2008, cat. no. 74.2, p. 276, reproduced.
2. Oil on canvas, 374 by 246 cm. See https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/art-work/christ-on-the-cross/5d4fa7a9-c45d-47ca-b5c6-c296d37c7214