Head of St. Joseph by Rogier van der Weyden

Head of St. Joseph by Rogier van der Weyden

Up to our time, very few Roger van der Veiden paintings have come down. What to say about the drawings – there are only a few works of Rogier in this genre, which we can confidently attribute to him. One of them is “The Woman’s Portrait”, made with a silver pencil. This drawing is now stored in the British Museum and, apparently, is a preliminary sketch for the non-preserved portrait of Rogier.

On the back of the picture there is an inscription made in the XVII century: “Rogier from Brussels / 1460”. This is most likely the only one attributed to the master of drawings, made from nature. Most of the other drawings are the “exercises” of Rogir’s assistants, over which they worked in his workshop. Such, for example, is the “Head of St. Joseph”.

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