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Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action at The Frick Collection, October 12, 2015 – January 10, 2016

“Andrea d’Agnolo (1486–1530), called Andrea del Sarto after his father’s profession as a tailor (sarto), transformed sixteenth-century Florence through his art and influence. Through his large and prolific workshop, one of the most significant of the age, he enriched his native city with portraits, altarpieces, and fresco paintings. Drawings were at the core of his working process. Produced primarily in red and black chalks, his vibrant figure studies, energetic compositional drawings, and masterful head studies display the range of his talents as a draftsman and the complex roles that drawing played in developing his paintings.” — The Frick Collection

Oval Room

Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1517–18. Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches. National Gallery, London © The National Gallery, London 3

Study of a Young Man (verso),, ca. 1517–18. Red chalk, 5 1/8 x 4 15/16 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Study for the Head of Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1523. Black chalk, 13 x 9 1/8 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Woodner Collection

Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1523. Oil on panel, 37 x 26 3/4 inches. Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Study of the Head of an Old Woman, ca. 1529. Red chalk, 9 13/16 × 7 5/16 inches. Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, Oxford © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

The Medici Holy Family, 1529. Oil on panel, 55 1/8 x 40 15/16 inches. Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Lower Level Vestibule

Study for the Head of Julius Caesar, ca. 1520. Red chalk, 8 7/16 x 7 1/4 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, partial and promised gift of Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY

Lower Level South Gallery

Head of Leonardo di Lorenzo Morelli, 1512. Black chalk, 12 3/8 x 9 5/8 inches. Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris

Drapery Study, ca. 1517. Red chalk, 11 × 6 inches. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Study of the Head of an Old Man in Profile, ca. 1520. Red chalk, 9 7⁄16 × 10 7⁄8 inches. Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin. Photo credit: bpk, Berlin / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany / Photo: Volker-H. Schneider / Art Resource, NY

Studies of Children, and of a Left Hand, 1522–26. Red chalk, 7 13/16 x 9 3/4 inches. The British Museum, London © The Trustees of the British Museum

Study of a Kneeling Figure, 1522–26. Red and black chalks,11 13/16 x 7 13/16 inches. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Study of the Head of a Young Woman, ca. 1523. Red chalk, 8 9/16 x 6 11/16 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Study of the Head of a Woman, ca. 1525. Black chalk, 5 3⁄16 × 4 5⁄16 inches. Musée du Louvre, Paris © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo: Stephane Marechalle

Study for the Head of Saint Joseph, ca. 1526–27. Red and black chalks, 14 11/16 x 8 11/16 inches. Private collection

Study of a Bearded Man in Profile, ca. 1526–27. Black chalk, possibly with gray wash, 8 9/16 x 7 1/8 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Studies of Figures Seated and Standing Behind a Table, ca. 1526–27. Red chalk, 10 1/16 x 14 5/16. inches Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Head of a Man Looking Up, ca. 1527. Black chalk, with later red-chalk additions, 9 3/4 × 6 15/16 inches. Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, Oxford © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Studies of Hands, ca. 1527. Red chalk, 4 13/16 x 6 7/16 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY

Lower Level North Gallery

Study of a Woman, ca. 1517–25. Red chalk, 9 1/2 x 7 15/16 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

The Madonna and Child with Saint John, ca. 1516–17. Red chalk, 12 3/8 x 9 3/16 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Studies of Children, and of a Left Hand, 1522–26. Red chalk, 7 13/16 x 9 3/4 inches. The British Museum, London © The Trustees of the British Museum

Studies of the Head of an Infant, ca. 1522. Red chalk, 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence. By permission of the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Composition Study for the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1526. Red chalk, 6 7/16 x 8 11/16 inches. British Museum, London © The Trustees of the British Museum

Images courtesy The Frick Collection

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