Head of Pope Urban VIII (Maffeo Vincenzo Barberini) (recto); An Outstretched Arm (verso)

Black chalk, highlighted with white chalk, on light brown paper (recto); black chalk (verso) | 40 x 24.5cm | 1669-70

Attributed to Pietro Locatelli

Confidently executed with sweeping strokes of black chalk expressively built up around the outlines, this portrait drawing of Pope Urban VIII Barberini (reigned 1623-1644), which appears to be an animated likeness done from life of the great maecenas...
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