Study of the Head of St Michael

Study of the Head of St Michael

Study of the Head of St Michael, after Reni
Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
France
1775-80
Black Chalk on laid paper
Width 14 cm x height 15.5 cm
Museum no. 5944

Although David already had a reputation when he came to Rome in 1775 he stopped painting because he thought he drew badly and ‘set about drawing eyes, ears, mouths, feet and hands’. This copy was made from a detail in the painting by Guido Reni in S.Maria della Concezione, Rome, and is inscribed ‘colere noble et elevee’ (noble and heroic anger).