barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Bernardo Strozzi (1581 – 1644)

The Head of an Old Woman

Genoa, the 1620s

Oil on canvas

48.3 x 38.8 cm


This startling image is a study of old age made from a model, rather than being a commissioned portrait. 

Such character studies were occasionally painted by artists as the basis for biblical or mythological subjects which included old people. Strozzi painted this work in Genoa before his move to Venice where he had a successful career as a portraitist and a painter of mythological and religious subjects.


Purchased 1966 (No.66.8)

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Portrait of an Old Woman


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