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Past Exhibition

Study of the Head of a Child Looking to the Right

Sketch of the hair of a child

Study of the Head of a Child Looking to the Right, ca. 1525
Black chalk
7 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (19.7 x 18.7 cm)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence
Courtesy the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

This unusual study focuses on a child's hair and almost completely neglects the face, save for circles and dashes for eyes, nose, and mouth. Perhaps more finished head studies, like the Head of an Infant in Profile to the Right, were accompanied by sheets like this, which offer alternative solutions for specific details. This drawing has not been securely related to a known painting. It might be an exercise in studying hair, without preparing a specific project, but it is blackened (strangely, on both sides), which suggests it was transferred to another surface.