Bust of a Boy in a Turban, a Winged Angel and Three Old Men

Jacob de Gheyn IIabout 1600

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The young man on the left gazes steadily outward, capturing the viewer's interest with his direct stare. His features seem more realistic, more like a portrait than the other, obviously imaginary figures, and his position squarely facing the viewer also isolates him. The care with which Jacques de Gheyn II rendered the boy's fanciful costume also contrasts with the other heads. Paying close attention to the fall of light, de Gheyn evoked the textures of the youth's clothing--especially the turban--with beautiful, varied penwork that demonstrates the creases and gathers. He built up the other heads using rather somewhat more regular cross-hatching.

De Gheyn first sketched the three foreground figures of the young boy and two men, then later added the angel and the female head. He seems to have been one of the first artists to mingle figures drawn from nature with those from his imagination. Scholars believe that these studies may have been cut from a larger sheet, with the triangular patch at the bottom added at that time.

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  • Title: Bust of a Boy in a Turban, a Winged Angel and Three Old Men
  • Creator: Jacques de Gheyn II
  • Date: about 1600
  • Location Created: Netherlands
  • Physical Dimensions: 11.9 x 20.6 cm (4 11/16 x 8 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink on light brown fibrous paper, patched at bottom in the same paper
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: (Recto) at bottom right corner, signed by the artist (?) "Jacques de Geijn 1600" in brown ink.
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 88.GA.134
  • Markings: Markings: (Recto) at bottom right corner, collection mark of Göpel (?); (verso) collection mark of Göpel (?).
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: (Verso) inscribed "378" in black ink.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Dutch
  • Classification: Drawings