Paolo Borroni - inv. 1611

Titolo: 
Portrait of a Young Draughtsman
Numero di Inventario: 
1611
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
draughtsman
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Paolo Borroni (1749-1819)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1700
Datazione specifica: 
18th century, first half
Libri correlati: 
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Ghislandi Room

A young boy, jacket and shirt open on his chest, looks at us inquiringly, as though he was studying us before painting our portrait. He is holding a pencil in his right hand, resting on a sheet of paper covered with a few strokes, and is wearing a shapeless hat, in a style typical of artists.
The work can be included among the so-called “character head studies”: some are true portraits, others merely imaginary, and they often portray young boys as adults or as allegorical figures, as Fra’ Galgario used to do.
This is a rare work of this genre by Paolo Borroni, who worked mainly in the Voghera area after his apprenticeship in Parma and Rome and a study trip to Venice to see works by Titian. In the Napoleonic period, he adapted his style to suit French tastes and had a long career, during which he produced works of varying quality.

J.S.