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Head of St Charles Borromeo: 2787a

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Current Location: In storage


Head of St Charles Borromeo
A study of another male head, presumably of the same sitter and a study of hands


Draughtsman: Crespi, Giovanni Battista (Cerano)




History note: From the collection of Giuseppe Vallardi (1784-1863) (Lugt 1223) ; Brangwyn, Frank

Measurements and weight

Height: 131 mm
Width: 109 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Brangwyn, Frank

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Materials used in production

Black chalk
Red chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( grey)

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Recto: black chalk verso: black and red chalk on grey paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Di / Giobattista Crespi detto il Cerano, / pittore ed Architetto Milanese / Giove nel 1540 (this line corrected in a different colour in ink, by a different hand, into:) che Giovè nel 1580 Il Propspetto della / chiesa di S. Paulo è disegno di questo dele Professore; ed e.. / cosa --o bello, che fa onore alla sua Patria e piacere / agli Intendenti. / Questo ritratto si vende raro, per essere stato fatto in quella cosa (?)
  • Location: Old mount
  • Method of creation: Ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2787a
Primary reference Number: 6893
Lugt: 1223
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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