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Francesco Salviati

Francesco Salviati (1510-1563)
Head and Shoulders of a Bearded Man (1540s)
Black chalk
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1910; I, 6b.
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Salviati, who briefly studied with Andrea del Sarto, frescoed the Sala dell'Udienza in Palazzo Vecchio for Cosimo I de' Medici in 1543–45. This carefully rendered image was once thought to be a portrait of the Florentine sculptor Baccio Bandinelli (1493–1560), Salviati's teacher and a fellow artist employed at the Medici court. This identification, however, seems unlikely, particularly since the head resembles a similar bearded figure of an apostle in Salviati's Incredulity of Saint Thomas, painted in 1547 and now in the Louvre, Paris.

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