Half-length portrait of a youth looking upwards, Venetian, 15th century
Venetian, 15th century
Half-length portrait of a youth looking upwards
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Venetian, 15th century

Half-length portrait of a youth looking upwards, ca. 1500


Blatt
354 x 255 mm
Physical Description
Black chalk, painted over with brush, on ribbed laid paper tinted grey-brown, distance of chain lines (vertical) |40|39|41|41|39|39|
Inventory Number
453
Object Number
453 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1842
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

This painstakingly executed drawing by a hitherto unknown Venetian master from about 1500 probably served as a preliminary study for a large-scale painting. The headgear, a beretto, reveals that it is not the depiction of a saint we see here, but the portrait of a donor or other accompanying figure directing his gaze upward in devotion. The emphatic handling of light and dark colour values lend the portrait an almost sculptural effect.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Half-length portrait of a youth looking upwards
Draughtsman
  • Venetian, 15th century
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Black chalk, painted over with brush, on ribbed laid paper tinted grey-brown, distance of chain lines (vertical) |40|39|41|41|39|39|
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten rechts (von fremder Hand, mit der Feder in Braun): A D 1594[?, unleserlich]
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Tietze/Tietze-Conrat 1944.363.2244

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1842

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61B111 anonymous historical person portrayed alone
  • 31A24(+4) postures of the head (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31B6211 looking upwards
  • 31D12 youth, adolescent

Research and Discussion

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Last update

02.12.2020