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Creator:
Inigo Jones, 1573–1652, British
Title:

Five Classical Heads

Date:
between 1630 and 1639
Medium:
Pen and brown ink on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 3 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches (8.3 x 20 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, upper center: "Malto"; in pen and brown ink, upper right: "Surta"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.6208
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
Classical | figure study | heads
Associated People:
Mars
Fury
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:10792
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Anthony Van Dyck praised Inigo Jones’s draftsmanship, arguing his hand: “was not to be equaled by whatsoever great masters in his time for boldness, softness, sweetness, and sureness of touch.” These studies of multiple heads are common in his oeuvre and were often based on prints and drawings from his own collection, especially those of the Italian Mannerist painters he most admired such as Parmigianino (1503-1540). Here three graceful female heads to the left are contrasted to a bearded head of Mars and a terrible Fury.

Matthew Hargraves, 2011
Van Dyck is said to have praised Jones's draftsmanship, arguing his hand "was not to be equaled by whatsoever great masters in his time for boldness, softness, sweetness, and sureness of touch." By far the most common type of figure drawings from Jones are studies of multiple heads, often based on prints and drawings from his own collection. He especially admired the Italian Mannerist painters, such as Parmigianino (1503-1540). Here three graceful female heads to the left are contrasted with a bearded head of Mars and a terrible Fury.

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]


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