Highlights

Felice Boselli (1650-1730), Skinned Head of a Young Bull

Boselli records even the smallest detail with his rapid, nervous brushstrokes: the long, coarse eyelashes, the raspy texture of the tongue and the flap of skin left behind after the cut-off ear. The restricted colour scheme consists only of black, white and earth tones.

A firmly fixed gaze
There is no visible source of light; the darkness closes in on the head and keeps our gaze firmly fixed there. Other typical traits include the pastose highlights in the white fatty tissue and the exposed tooth; today it glistens in artificial spotlights, but back then it would have shone in daylight from studio windows.

Not for sale
Such chiaroscuro brilliance was a much-praised painterly effect during the Baroque era. This painting is one of Boselli’s few oil sketches done after the life. It was not intended for sale, but as part of the artist’s own private collection of “patterns” that could be used over and over


Zoom and see the details

Here you can zoom-in on the work for a close-up view of all of the details. - Or you can gain a new understanding about the work by watching films where researchers, conservators and artists talk about the work from their viewpoint.


More views of the work – see the films

Felice Boselli - In the artist's view
The artist Husk Mit Navn tells about Felice Bosellis painting: Skinned head of a young bull.

Colophone
Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Producer: Martin Køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Husk Mit Navn


Felice Boselli - in the conservator’s view
Our conservator Troels Filtenborg tells about Felice Bosellis painting: Skinned head of a young bull.

Colophone
Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Producer: Martin Køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Troels Filtenborg


Felice Boselli - in the researcher's view
Our senior researcher Eva de la Fuente Pedersen tells about Felice Bosellis painting: Skinned head of a young bull.

Colophone
Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Producer: Martin køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Eva de la Fuente Pedersen

Updated: 19.sep.2016
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