Head of Saint John the Baptist
  • Head of Saint John the Baptist

    TitleHead of Saint John the Baptist
  • Technique/ MaterialBlack and white chalk, traces of red chalk on paper. Pricked for transfer.
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 25,2 x 24,4 cm
    Passepartout: (h x b) 55 x 42 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 60 x 47 x
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Luca Signorelli, Italian, born 1441, dead 1523
  • CategoryDrawings, Free-hand drawings
  • ClassificationDrawing
  • Geographical originItalien
  • Inventory No.NMH 9/1863
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1866 from Kongl. Museum
  • Description
    Images and media

    Illegible inscription at the top, cut by the margin. Numbered in pen and brown ink in the upper left corner: 648, and in the lower right corner: 18 and 6 (Sparre)

    Cartoon for the head of the Baptist at upper left in the artist's altar painting, "Virgin and Child attended by saints", from 1484, in Capella di S. Onofrio in the cathedral of Perugia.

    The drawing has been carefully and comprehensively pricked, which means that its main elements could be transferred to another surface by tapping along the lines with a bag of fine black dust (chalk, charcoal). [Also see Bjurström, It. Drawings, cat. no. 405] [Bjurström, It. Drawings, cat. no. X]