Andrea del Sarto @ the Frick Collection

Andrea del Sarto, Study of the Head of a Young Woman, ca. 1523, red chalk, 8 9/1
Andrea del Sarto, Study of the Head of a Young Woman, ca. 1523, red chalk, 8 9/16 x 6 11/16 inches (Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Florence)

Rachel Schwartz reviews Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action at the Frick Collection, New York, on view through January 10, 2016.

Schwartz writes that the show "offers a rare chance to explore the drawn sources of this artist’s paintings... The works range from schematic sketches of multiple figures with faces, hands, and feet roughly blocked in, to focused studies of drapery, hands, and single figures, and luminous and detailed heads. Del Sarto is an expert in all areas, seamlessly rendering both multi-figure compositions and delicate portraits in red and black chalk. Throughout, we see him thoughtfully experimenting, working to attain the most balanced and beautiful presentation of form and style."