Study Head of a Bearded Man

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1565

Artist:

Frans Floris
Netherlandish, 1519/20-1570

About this artwork

Directing large workshop that produced religious and mythological paintings in Antwerp, Frans Floris pioneered the use of head studies like this one to work out expression and movement for complex figural compositions. Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and other painters of historical subjects in the 17th century continued this practice. Whereas large finished works from Floris's shop probably involved the participation of assistants, head studies were executed by the master himself. This study, which may represent Hercules or a figure from a Last Judgement, is marked with his monogram FFF in the upper-left corner.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 208

Artist

Frans Floris, I

Title

Study Head of a Bearded Man

Origin

Flanders

Date

1550–1580

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed upper left: FFF

Dimensions

18 5/16 × 13 1/4 in. (46.5 × 33.6 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader

Reference Number

1990.557

Extended information about this artwork

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