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Head of a Man

Head of a Man

1886

Alphonse Legros

(French, 1837-1911)

Metalpoint

Support: White clay-coated board, laid down on cardboard, overmatted with cardboard mount

Sheet: 31.5 x 23 cm (12 3/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.392

Description

It would be difficult to label this drawing as a portrait, an ideal head, or the transformation of a Renaissance figure into a contemporary person because the art of Alphonse Legros repeatedly combines these elements. The idealized beauty of the head evokes a Renaissance concept of perfection, and the use of the metal point technique harks back to that earlier time as well.

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Collection: 
Drawings
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
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Metalpoint

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