(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Study of an Inclined Head

Red chalk, 355 x 270 mm
Casa Buonarroti, Florence

This beautiful head study is a preliminary drawing for the head of Leda in the painting Leda and the Swan, which the artist created for Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Michelangelo drew the profile study after a living male model wearing a tight-fitting workshop cap. Despite studying the head on a living model, the artist gives it an idealised appearance.

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