Bartolomeo Passarotti (Bologna 1529 - Bologna 1592)
Head of Diana
inscribed lower left: head of Diana
pen and brown ink
328 x 228 mm
Karl-Heinrich Senger (Lugt 3556)
Private Collection, Germany
This drawing, made up of Passarotti’s characteristic net of cross-hatchings, depicts Diana goddess of the hunt in profile. She wears a lunate crown to denote her auxiliary role as goddess of the moon and is adorned with heavy curls that sweep around her head, resurfacing again as if blown by the wind, in a manner evocative of Botticelli’s Venus.
We thank Dr. Corinna Höper, who confirmed the attribution to Bartolomeo Passarotti on the basis of an image in an email sent to the previous owner on September 2, 2020.
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