Head of Leonardo di Lorenzo Morelli

Drawing of a man's head in profile looking up and to the right

Head of Leonardo di Lorenzo Morelli, 1512
Black chalk
12 3/8 x 9 5/8 in. (31.5 x 24.5 cm)
Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris

Andrea studied Morelli from life to prepare his portrait in the altarpiece the silk merchant commissioned of the Archangel Raphael, Tobias, and St. Leonard (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). Lavishing attention on the sitter's elegant profile, the artist manipulates chalk and reserves of paper to invoke his full lips, cheekbones, and light-colored eye as he looks up at the divine.

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