Study of Female Head (recto); Study of Foreshortened Head (verso)

Drawing of a female head

Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770)
Study of Female Head (recto); Study of Foreshortened Head (verso), 1730–31
Black and white chalk on gray-white paper, recto framed in pen and brown ink
11 1/4 × 8 1/4 in. (285 × 210 mm)
Finnish National Gallery, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki
Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

 

The study on the recto, likely drawn from a model, was used for the central figure of Painting in the Triumph of the Arts and Sciences. The focus is on the soft shadows created by the light coming from the left and on the simple line of the contour of the figure's oval face. The study on the verso (upside down) is probably for the bust that Tiepolo placed next to the allegory of Sculpture in the final fresco.