Head of a Man in Blue

In the 18th century a number of Italian genre artists painted sitters suffering from afflictions. This sitter's neck is disfigured by a goitre. The painting is not by the artist Giacomo Francesco Cipper, but it shows his influence in both subject matter and technique. It is one of a pair with 'Head of a Man in Red', also in the National Gallery collection.

Key facts

Artist dates
active early 18th century
Full title
Head of a Man in Blue
Date made
probably 1700-50
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
47 x 36.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Maurice Woolff Jacobson, 1944
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Expressive Heads

Style of Giacomo Francesco Cipper
probably 1700-50
Style of Giacomo Francesco Cipper: 'Head of a Man in Red'