A boy wearing a workman's hat, Cristofano Allori
Cristofano Allori
A boy wearing a workman's hat
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Cristofano Allori

A boy wearing a workman's hat, ca. 1600


Blatt
220 x 167 mm
Physical Description
Red chalk on laid paper
Inventory Number
17179
Object Number
17179 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 with funds provided by the Stiftung Gabriele Busch-Hauck, Frankfurt am Main
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Thanks to a donation from the Gabriele Busch-Hauck Foundation to mark the ninetieth birthday of the benefactress, the Städel Museum's stock of Italian Baroque drawings in its Collection of Prints and Drawings was enriched by a red-chalk drawing by the Florentine painter and graphic artist Cristoforo (also: Cristofano) Allori. Created in around 1600, the study of a boy wearing a peaked cap turned sideways is a powerful example of the change in style taking place at the time from Mannerism to Early Baroque.

Another red-chalk drawing by Allori showing the same boy's head and peaked cap is held by an American private collection. It is clearly a repetition of the new Frankfurt acquisition in which the artist increased the realism by working out the textures and volumes more precisely, and by adding a more open gaze, while also making the face more harmonious and hence more attractive. The drawing at the Städel Museum is probably the original study, drawn directly from a live model. It is characterised by a similar inner contradiction, albeit expressed in a different way. On the one hand, the irregular facial features reveal the artist's wish to record reality accurately, while on the other, the two-dimensionality of the representation, the smoothness of the surface and the relatively distant gaze are indebted to Florentine Mannerism.

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Title
A boy wearing a workman's hat
Draughtsman
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Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Red chalk on laid paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten rechts (mit der Feder in Braun): Christofano Bronsini
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

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Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 with funds provided by the Stiftung Gabriele Busch-Hauck, Frankfurt am Main

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  • 61B111(+51) anonymous historical person portrayed alone (+ head (and shoulders) (portrait))
  • 31D12 youth, adolescent
  • 31A245 head slanting to the left
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24.11.2020