SAVOLDO, Giovanni Girolamo
(b. 1480, Brescia, d. 1548, Venezia)
Head of St Jerome1525-30
Black chalk heightened with white chalk on faded blue paper, 312 x 230 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Savoldo produced this powerful study in connection with a signed painting, the Penitent St Jerome (National Gallery, London). The drawing corresponds not only in appearance but also in scale to the head in the painting.