head of an older man with a thick wavy beard, wearing a turban made of swirling lines, with his head turned toward PL

Head of a Turk, wearing a turban, with a beard, in three-quarter view, plate 23 from "I principii del disegno" (The Principles of Design), c. 1641

The accomplished Florentine etcher and draftsman Stefano della Bella produced this drawing manual in France, where he spent over a decade of his career. The book, now disassembled, comprised 25 etchings and was published by della Bella’s principal French publisher Pierre Mariette.

Drawing manuals were common teaching tools for artists and amateurs learning to draw in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is a kind of pattern book for the aspiring draftsmen to copy, with concise prints depicting body parts—ears, eyes, hands, feet—and a range of head studies and figure types—children, adolescents, young women, old soldiers and saints—which provide models for students seeking to master the representation of the human body.

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Title
Head of a Turk, wearing a turban, with a beard, in three-quarter view, plate 23 from "I principii del disegno" (The Principles of Design)
Artist Life
Italian (Florence), 1610–1664
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.62.23
Provenance
Augusto Calabi (born 1890), Milan; 'by descent to Lorenzo Calabi, Milan; [James Bergquist, Newton, Mass., until 2016; given to Mia]
Catalogue Raisonne
De Vesme 386, i/ii
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head of an older man with a thick wavy beard, wearing a turban made of swirling lines, with his head turned toward PL