(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)
Helmeted Head of a Youth, and Other Studies (recto)1503-04
Pen and brown ink, black pencil, 205 x 253 mm
The present sheet contains several partly sketchy, partly carefully executed studies, the largest being a youthful head with a fanciful helmet. A connection was pointed out with the cartoon of the Battle of Cascina. Michelangelo was certainly also familiar with Leonardo's portraits of warriors clad in fantastic armours.
On the back of the sheet a brush drawing depicting the bottom part of a face in profile is probably also by Michelangelo.