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Portrait of an Old Man

A work made of charcoal, with wet brush and stumping, on tan laid paper prepared with a gray ground.
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  • A work made of charcoal, with wet brush and stumping, on tan laid paper prepared with a gray ground.

Date:

late fifteenth century

Artist:

Attributed to Francesco Bonsignori
Italian, c. 1460–1519

About this artwork

This moving portrait of an old man was made in northern Italy probably in the last decade of the 1400s and is the oldest drawing in the Gray collection. The man’s highly realistic unshaven chin, wrinkled flesh, sunken cheeks and eyes, and thinning hair exemplify the Renaissance desire to be truthful to nature.

About this drawing, collector Richard Gray once observed, “Everything about it is masterful—the way it depicts a unique individual in the fullness of his individuality, it’s not a type. It has presence.”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Francesco Bonsignori

Title

Portrait of an Old Man

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1450–1499

Medium

Charcoal, with wet brush and stumping, on tan laid paper prepared with a gray ground

Dimensions

275 × 219 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.834

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