Study of the Head of St Michael,
Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
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).