Federigo Barocci

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Federigo Barocci
Head of a Bearded Man in Profile to the Right
Colored chalks, with smudging and blending, on blue paper.
12 1/4 x 10 1/16 inches (311 x 255 mm)
Thaw Collection.
Count Carl Cobenzl (1712-1770), Brussels (on his mount inscribed Barocci, see Lugt 2852b); Empress Catherine the Great of Russia (r. 1762-96; purchased with Cobenzl's entire drawings collection in 1768); The Hermitage, St. Petersburg (stamp of Tsar Paul I [1754-1801; Lugt 2061]); Hermitage sale, C.G. Boerner, Leipzig, 29 April 1931, lot 12, as Barocci, probably unsold (two deaccession stamps, one Lugt 2618a, the other not in Lugt); sale, Max Perl, Berlin, 15-16 March 1932, lot 620, as Barocci, Profile Head of a Bearded Man, H.31. W.25.5, black and colored pastels on greenish paper; Dr. Efim Schapiro (b.1899) London (Lugt 2343a); his sale, Sotheby's London, 22 February 1956, lot 9, as Barocci; private collection, Switzerland; from which purchased by Artemis Fine Arts, Ltd., London, by 1986; E.V. Thaw & Co., New York; Peter Jay Sharp (1930-1992), New York; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 3, repr.
The Thaw collection of master drawings : acquisitions since 2002. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2009, no. 2, repr.
N.G Stogdon, Inc., New York, and Artemis Fine Arts (UK) Ltd., London, Drawings from the Fifteenth to Twentieth Century, Spring 1986.


Barocci was among the first artists to make extensive use of colored chalks in his drawings. He apparently created this model for the head of a shepherd in a Nativity of Christ executed by the painter Francesco Baldelli, a member of his studio. A faint base of red was applied for the general area of the neck; the face and the ear were then blocked in with red and pink, before passages were rubbed with smooth white chalk to give the impression of glowing skin illuminated by a strong light originating at the lower right. A crisp black chalk was used for the finishing touches. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

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Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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