bears inscription on the mount in an old hand: Fed. Barocci.
black chalk with touches white chalk, on blue paper
Nathaniel Hone (L.2793);
Charles Rogers (L.624);
anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 1977, lot 175, reproduced
Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, and New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery, The Graphic Art of Federico Barocci. Selected Drawings and Prints, 1978, p. 51, cat. no. 26, reproduced (catalogue by E.P. Pillsbury and L.S. Richards)
The drawing shows a young man, in what seems like a very stable studio pose: he is seated on a bench, supporting himself with one hand, while reaching back and up to grasp a handle with the other. The contrast between the carefully drawn armour and the sketchiness of the rest of the figure is striking. It led the authors of the Cleveland exhibition catalogue (loc. cit.) to suggest that this might be a very early study for the Portrait of Francesco Maria II delle Rovere, now in the Uffizi, Barocci's only portrait of a man in armour.