(b. 1498, Grizane, d. 1578, Roma)
Head of Minerva1540s
Gray chalk, 280 x 197 mm
Royal Collection, Windsor
In this chalk drawing Minerva is seen in profile, looking toward the left. She is wearing an imaginative helmet depicting a battle scene. This head unmistakably follows Michelangelo's ideal portraits, it reveals closest parallels to Michelangelo's presentation drawings for Tommaso de' Cavalieri, such as that of Cleopatra.