(b. ca. 1460, Milano, d. 1525, Pavia)

Head of a Bearded Man

Black, red, and yellow chalk on brownish paper, 374 x 273 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This damaged but imposing study has been connected with the standing apostle at the far right in the painter's Assumption of the Virgin in the Sacrestia Nuova of the Certosa at Pavia. However, it seems likely that Solario executed this drawing for some other purpose and subsequently employed it as a model for the apostle in the altarpiece.