Attributed to Peter Paul Rubens
Study for the Head of a Woman
Oil on paper laid to canvas
18 1/2 x 15 inches (47 x 38.1 cm)
Goudstikker collection, Amsterdam
Private collection, New York
Spanierman Gallery, New York
Michael Jaffe, "Rubens before 1620, with Particular Reference to Aspects of His Commissions for the Company of Jesus," in Caterina Limentani Virdis, Francesca Bottacin et al., Rubens dall'Italia all 'Europa, exhib. cat., Vicenza, 1992, 18-19, illus., 20.
Rubens is thought to have created this oil sketch while working on the modello for his altarpiece of the Miracles of St. Francis Xavier, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (circa 1617-18). This painting was illustrated in the 1992 exhibition catalogue Rubens dall'Italia all 'Europa, in which Michael Jaffe proposed that Rubens had made this study to refine his conception of the figure of the mother holding a dead child at the painting's lower left, in order to create a stronger image of the mother's grief than he had in the figure as originally conceived. See Jaffe in "Rubens before 1620, with particular reference to aspects of his commissions for the company of Jesus," in Caterina Limentani Virdis, Francesca Bottacin, et al., Rubens dall'Italia all 'Europa, Vicenza, 1992, 13-20.
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