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Attributed to Correggio (Antonio Allegri, ca. 1489–1534)
Head of a Woman Crying Out, ca. 1511–14
Charcoal, in some passages blended with white chalk, accents in brush and black oil pigment, on two pieces of light brown paper joined vertically at left
12 5/8 x 8 7/8 inches (321 x 225 mm)
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924; IV, 30
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Remarkable for its intensity of emotion and rich sfumato-like modeling in heavy charcoal, this drawing is a cartoon for the head of the grief-stricken Mary Magdalene in the Entombment of Christ, a frescoed roundel from the portico of the basilica of Sant’Andrea in Mantua, now in the Museo Diocesano. It reveals Correggio’s early understanding of the importance of carefully planning a composition executed in the unforgiving fresco technique.

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