Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Young Warrior, ca. 1614-15
Oil on panel, 50.8 x 41.5 cm
Private collection

Catalog Entry by Marjorie E. Wieseman

Facing three-quarters to the right, a young boy dressed in soldier's armor looks up from beneath a thick, wildly unruly mop of hair. Delicate, almost feminine features and slightly parted lips create an innocently youthful appearance. A dark cloak is draped over the boy's left shoulder. Light from the left highlights his creamy skin and tousled curls and deposits gleaming accents on the ribs and bolts of his gorget, casting the far side of his face into shadow. The hand resting on the staff at lower right is probably a later addition, intended to give a more narrative quality to the sketch. The panel is composed of two horizontal planks, with a strip about three centimeters wide added at the left...

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