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Portrait of a Bearded Man

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Portrait of a Bearded Man 1560s

Not on display

In this portrait sketch, the artist chose to focus on the pose of the figure’s body rather than his facial features. The man is seated informally with his arms resting on the arms of a chair and with his hands clasped. There is no surviving portrait by Bassano that matches this pose, but he may have been experimenting with different seated positions with the intention of producing a painted portrait. This would explain why the features have been given less attention than the torso and arms. The free handling of the drawing is consistent with Bassano’s later work, and probably dates from the 1560s or 1570s.


  • Acc. No. D 2990
  • Medium Black chalk with traces of white heightening on faded blue paper (damaged)
  • Size 30.40 x 22.50 cm
  • Credit William Findlay Watson Bequest 1881