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Drawing
  • Drawing
    Tintoretto, Jacopo, born 1519 - died 1594
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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1540-1594 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tintoretto, Jacopo, born 1519 - died 1594 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Slight, in black chalk on warm toned paper, heightened with white

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.238

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 34

Physical description

Study of figures of gladiators, with another study for the same group on the reverse; Slight, in black chalk on warm toned paper, heightened with white.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)

Date

ca.1540-1594 (made)

Artist/maker

Tintoretto, Jacopo, born 1519 - died 1594 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Slight, in black chalk on warm toned paper, heightened with white

Dimensions

Height: 11.3 in, Width: 5.5 in

Descriptive line

Tintoretto, Jacopo; Study of figures of gladiators, with another study for the same group on the reverse; Slight, in black chalk on warm toned paper, heightened with white; Italian; ca.1540-1594.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings Volume I. 14th-16th century, London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1979, p. 162.

The text is as follows:

school of
TINTORETTO, JACOPO

340

Recto and verso Studies (one on each side of the sheet) from Michelangelo’s lost group of Smason slaying two Philistines
Inscribed in ink ‘Tintoretto’
Black chalk heightened with white on pale brown paper; the corners cut
Size of sheet 11 ¼ x 5 ¾ (286 x 145) Dyce 238

PROVENANCE Sir J. Reynolds (Lugt 2364); Dyce Bequest 1869

LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 238 (as by Tintoretto); Tietze and Tietze-Conrat, no. 1842 (as by Tintoretto)

Through the trimming of the shett a considerable part of the drawing had been cut away on both rect and verso. For two other studies of the same subject see no. 339, recto and verso. See also the note under that entry. It is hard to believe that Tintoretto himself was responsible for all of the numerous sketches after this piece of sculpture which have survived from his studio, and it is reasonable to assume that the less accomplished versions, including our four, were the work of pupils, who were perhaps set this task as part of their training.

Materials

Black chalk; Toned paper

Techniques

Drawing; Heightening

Subjects depicted

Gladiators

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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