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Grotesque Head: PD.26-1958

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Grotesque Head


Ribera, Jusepe de (lo Spagnoletto) (Draughtsman)


The man is afflicted with fatty protuberances, not warts nor goitre

Measurements and weight

Height: 207 mm
Width: 146 mm

Relative size of this object

14.6 m20.7 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1958) by Knowles, Guy John Fenton


1622 - 1625 1625


The drawing is probably preparatory tothe etchings by Ribera of Grotesque Heads with warts (see: Bartsch 8 and 9)

School or Style

Spanish School

Materials used in production

Red chalk

Components of the work

Support: composed of paper ( discoloured white)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Red chalk on discoloured white paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Spagnoletto
  • Location: On the mount, lower centre
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: Spagnoletto
  • Location: On the mount, verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.26-1958
Primary reference Number: 6006
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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