Beccafumi "Youth" to Getty
|Domenico Beccafumi, Head of a Youth, about 1530. J. Paul Getty Museum|
The Getty Museum has completed acquisition of a Domenico Beccafumi oil sketch on paper, the last of a stellar group of European drawings whose purchase (evidently from U.K. collector Luca Padulli) was announced in 2017. This and two other drawings were delayed because of British export law.
Beccafumi was the last great Sienese painter. Though he worked on monumental scale in fresco and mosaic, the artist is now especially admired for oil-on-paper character studies, of which Head of a Youth is a notable example. Beccafumi helped popularize this hybrid medium, bridging drawing and painting. Head of a Youth augments a group of later oil headshots by Federico Barocci, Annibale Carracci, and Rubens, all acquired by the Getty in the past few years.