The simplification of forms that characterizes this large head study is very typical of the late drawings of Cavalier d'Arpino, and Marco Simone Bolzoni has kindly suggested a dating to the second half of 1630s. The indication of a large halo behind the head, and possibly of a book in the lower light corner, suggest that the drawing must have been made as a study for the figure of a Saint or Evangelist.
Laid down. Losses from silver fish scattered on the surface all around the edges. A tear (about 6 cm) on the right end side from the margin, below the middle of the sheet. The surface has scattered small foxing and grey small stains. It appears slightly thin in places, but the chalk is reasonably still in good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."