MANTEGNA, Andrea
(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)

Portrait of a Man

1470-75
Black chalk on discoloured grayish brown paper, 342 x 250 mm
Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie, Besançon

This sheet is, even after much rubbing and discolouration of the paper, among the most sculptural drawn portraits of the fifteenth century. It is composed with strong, animated strokes and bold shadows. It is very close in character and style to several of the frescoed portraits in the Camera degli Sposi.