(Florence 1570 - Florence 1661)
The Head of a Youth Looking Up
Inscribed Cav.r Curradi on the verso.
215 x 171 mm. (8 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.)
At least two other preparatory studies by Curradi for The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple are known among the sizeable group of drawings by the artist in the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome.
The present sheet bears the distinctive collector’s mark of the Florentine painting restorer, art dealer and collector Luigi Grassi (1858-1937).
As a draughtsman, Curradi had a preference for black chalk (and, less frequently, red chalk), often combined with extensive areas of white heightening, on blue, brown or grey paper. His drawings are also characterized by a soft handling of the chalk medium and a distinctive luminosity. A very large group of drawings by the artist, numbering over six hundred sheets, is in the collection of the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome, while an important selection of 175 drawings is in the Uffizi in Florence, and a smaller but equally significant ensemble is held by the Louvre in Paris.
Possibly his anonymous sale (‘Drawings by Old Masters, mainly of the Italian School, From the G. L. Collection’), London, Sotheby’s, 13 May 1924 [lot unidentified].