(Florence 1616 - Florence 1687)
The Head of a Boy Wearing a Cap
248 x 180 mm. (9 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.) [sheet]
Dolci’s portrait drawings are among his most appealing works as a draughtsman. As another scholar has noted, ‘Portrait drawings…of family or friends, whether autonomous or preparatory for paintings in other genres, are not rare in Dolci’s oeuvre. Some of the most beautiful [are] made in the red or black, or red-and-black pencil technique traditional in Florence.’ Among other stylistically comparable portrait drawings in red chalk by Dolci are studies of a small child6 and a portrait of Filippo Baldinucci, both in the Louvre, a drawing of a sleeping child in the Uffizi, and a drawing of a young boy looking upwards, which was on the London art market in 2000.