Ferrau Fenzoni (Faenza 1562 - Faenza 1645)

A Young Man Standing in Profile to the Right Sold

Black chalk, with stumping.
394 x 183 mm. (15 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)


This drawing may be added to a small and stylistically homogenous group of figure drawings by Ferraù Fenzoni, drawn in either black or red chalk. This group includes several drawings in the Uffizi in Florence and two sheets in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, as well as a study of a Seated Monk Shielding His Eyes in the Biblioteca Comunale in Fermo and a Kneeling Monk in Prayer in the Albertina in Vienna. All of these drawings are characterized by a robust handling of stumped chalk, abbreviated contours and a particularly expressive treatment of hands.

Like others from this group of figure drawings by Fenzoni, this drawing cannot be specifically related to any surviving paintings by the artist8. Nevertheless, these drawings may be dated to the early part of Fenzoni’s career, before his move from Rome to Umbria in 1593.

Dr. Ludwig Burchard, London
His posthumous sale, London, Christie’s, 6 July 1999, lot 25 (as Andrea Lilio)
P. & D. Colnaghi, London
Private collection, Florida, until 2013.

Giuseppe Scavizzi and Nicolas Schwed, Ferraù Fenzoni, Todi, 2006, p.212, p.282, no.D62.


A Young Man Standing in Profile to the Right

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