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Past Exhibition

Study of a Young Man

Drawing of a half-length male figure with his right arm slightly raised

Study of a Young Man, 1523
Black chalk
5 5/8 x 3 13/16 in. (14.3 x 9.7 cm)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

This sheet presents a young man almost exactly as he appears in The Feast of Herod, Andrea's fresco in Florence's Chiostro dello Scalzo. He is a servant who recoils at the appearance of Salomé with the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Here, only his raised hand gives any indication of the drama as his face is neutral, unlike the shocked expression in the painting.