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Jacopo Bassano (1516/19–1592)
Head of an Old Man Turned to the Left, 1541–42
Black, red, and white chalk
5 7/16 x 5 1/16 inches (137 x 128 mm)
Gift of Lore Heinemann in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1998; 1998.3
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Although Jacopo and his sons were based in his native Bassano del Grappa in the Veneto, the artist attracted numerous patrons from Venice for his vivid biblical scenes in rural settings.

This drawing is a study for the head of St. Joseph in Jacopo's painting The Flight into Egypt, now in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio. The painting is dated to the early 1540s on stylistic grounds. The drawing is one of the earliest examples of the artist's highly personal use of black, red, and white chalk on blue paper that was to become the hallmark of his style.

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