Head of a Young Man by Parmigianino

Parmigianino, "Head of a Young Man," circa 1539-40, ink (Getty Museum)

The Head of a Young Man (about 1539-40), made toward the end of Parmigianino’s short life when he was at the peak of his artistic mastery, is one of his most famous drawings. Working in pen and ink on an under-lifesize scale with absolute precision and control of line, Parmigianino yields an astonishing impression of the sitter, who was probably a studio assistant. The influence of classical portrait busts on this jewel of a drawing is apparent in the gaze of the eyes and the sense of delicate perfection.
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