Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra
Zurückgeneigter männlicher Kopf mit reiherstutzgeschmückter Mütze, 1655 - 1660
Closely cropped like the previous sheet (inv. no. 38506, cat, no. 23), this drawing has surely been removed from a larger context. Its most striking feature is the strictly geometric hatching that runs across the subject's forehead and suggests wide, interlocking zigzag lines. Using only a few freely drawn outlines, the artist generated the figure primarily with vigorous layers of hatching of widely varying widths and intensities. Only the beard and the feather ornament were sketched in conformity with their shapes. Since Antonio del Castillo rarely utilized this sketching style, the attribution has been questioned; however, Benito Navarrete Prieto and Fuensanta García de la Torre included this work in their catalogue.
1. This technique is found in other Castillo drawings as well. See, for example, Navarrete Prieto and García de la Torre 2008, 441 (bottom), 447 (also with turban), 449 (somewhat looser), 453, and 539.