first half 17th century
Red chalk heightened with white chalk; framing lines in brown ink
Support: Light brown laid paper
Sheet: 7.8 x 12.2 cm (3 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.)
Anne Elizabeth Wilson Memorial Fund 1994.15
These female heads drawn from two angles may have been studies for an instruction book for artists published by Bloemaert in the 1600s.
The power and sensitivity of this small drawing depicting two views of the same female head far exceeds the sheet’s modest size.
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