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Vittore Carpaccio (ca. 1460/66–1525/26)
Head of Bearded Man Wearing a Cap, in Profile to the Left, 1495–1500
Black chalk, brown wash, heightened with white gouache
10 3/8 x 7 1/4 inches (265 x 185 mm.)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; I, 54
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Carpaccio's large narrative scenes made for Venetian scuole—lay confraternities run by merchants and citizens excluded from politics because they were not of noble blood—often included likenesses of the institution's dignitaries. This drawing has been associated with the artist's Life of Saint Ursula cycle (Accademia, Venice), although no equivalent figure appears in those paintings.

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