Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi
Michelangelo (Buonarroti)
Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi
Michelangelo (Italian, High Renaissance, 1475–1564): Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi, c. 1532. Black chalk on paper, 41 x 29 cm. British Museum, London, UK. Image: British Museum.



"According to Giorgio Vasari, one of Michelangelo's biographers, he was most reluctant to make portrait drawings 'unless the subject was one of perfect beauty'. This is the only surviving portrait drawing by Michelangelo. Drawn in black chalk ... The young man wears contemporary dress, a cap flat on his head ..." [N. Turner, Florentine drawings of the six, exh. cat. (London, The British Museum Press, 1986)]



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