Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Study for the Head of Charon for "Aeneas and the Cumaean Sybil Showing the Golden Bough to Charon"Made in Italy, Europe
Pietro Testa, Italian, 1612 - 1650
Black chalk on light brown laid paper
Currently not on view
1985-72-1Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, 1985
LabelTesta was one of the most intriguing artists of seventeenth-century Italy. A melancholy and isolated individual, his primary artistic production took the form of prints and drawings, often expressing complicated allegorical and theoretical ideas. This arresting study is for a figure in a painting depicting an incident from Virgil's Aeneid and was done in the last years of the artist's life, which ended in 1650 with his suicide by drowning in the Tiber.