Peter Paul Rubens

Sketches of heads after life or studies were a typical example of studio output. Rubens created several of these studies, which he used in his paintings.

Often these heads are featured in several compositions. Their function also explains the outlines and the unfinished execution.



  • Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
  • Study of the head of a bearded man
  • Oil on canvas
  • Long-term loan, collection of Mr and Mrs Fergus Hall, London