Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (Cento 1591 - 1666 Bologna): "Young Man Seen in Half-Length Looking Over his Right Shoulder"
Pen and brown ink
222 x 185 mm (8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.)
Inscribed in pen and brown ink right corner: "2"
Selected provenance : Guercino's studio, Bologna; By descent to Benedetto and Cesare Gennari; Bought circa 1745 by John Bouverie (circa 1723-1750); Bought by E. Parsons & Sons, Brompton Rd, London; Purchased in 1922 by Dan Fellow Platt (1873-1938) (L. 750a); Private Collection, Great-Britain
Our drawing is most probably a first study for the young man seen from the back in the picture Damon and Pythias today in the Confederazione Nazionale dei Coltivatori Diretti, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome. The execution of our drawing can be situated at the beginning of the 1630s. Guercino's studies in pen and ink executed at that time present identical stylistic characteristics as the texture "in fish filet".
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