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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian (Caprese, Italy 1475 - 1564 Rome, Italy)
Head of a Bearded Man
Work Type
15th-16th century
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Tuscany, Florence
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Physical Descriptions
Black chalk, with some incising, on cream antique laid paper, laid down overall on cream antique laid paper
15.7 × 9.4 cm (6 3/16 × 3 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Verso, bottom, Black chalk: Michael Angelo / 70
Charles A. Loeser, Florence, Italy, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1932
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Anny Popp, Die Medici-kapelle Michelangelos (Munich, Germany, 1922), p. 156

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 122, p. 74, as School of Michelangelo

Luitpold Dussler, Die Zeichnungen des Michelangelo: Kritischer Katalog, Gebr. Mann (Berlin, Germany, 1959), no. 383, p. 207

Charles de Tolnay, Corpus dei disegni di Michelangelo, Istituto Geografico de Agostini-Novara (Novara, 1976), vol. II,

Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), cat. no. 12, pp. 36-37, and p. 8, repr.

Agnes Mongan, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jonathan Bober, The Famous Italian Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 1988), p. 30, repr. fig. 9

"Exhibitions", Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 1991-92, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1993), repr. p. 35

Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 118 ("Cartella con due stelle nere")

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