The Wallace Collection

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Head of Boy
  • Milanese School
  • Head of Boy
  • Italy
  • c. 1500 - 1525
  • Painting
  • Fresco
  • Image size: 29.9 x 24.8 cm
    Frame size: 45 x 41 x 8 cm
  • P544
  • Reserve Gallery
Further Reading
  • Although its condition is too poor to attribute this picture with confidence, the draughtsmanship appears assured and may be compared with the frescoes by Luini in the Wallace Collection which were acquired at the same time from the collection of the vicomte Both de Tauzia (P526 and P537). The latter were painted for Gerolamo Rabbia’s country house, the Villa Pelucca, and removed in the nineteenth century. The subject of the present work does not seem to accord with the description of the decorations at Pelucca, but a similar fate befell Luini’s decorations for Rabbia’s town house in the Piazza San Sepulcro, Milan, and it is possible that Both de Tauzia also acquired fragments from there. The present work might thus be associated with the existing fresco fragments by Luini from Rabbia’s town house, examples of which are now to be found in the National Gallery, Washington, and the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.