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Drawing - Nude figure of a man seated holding a staff
  • Nude figure of a man seated holding a staff
    Carracci, Annibale, born 1560 - died 1609
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Nude figure of a man seated holding a staff

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580-1609 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carracci, Annibale, born 1560 - died 1609 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on light brown paper, roughly squared in red chalk

  • Credit Line:

    Ionides Bequest

  • Museum number:

    CAI.260

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case IONIDES, shelf 22

Physical description

Pen and ink on light brown paper, roughly squared in red chalk, depicting a nude male figure.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1580-1609 (made)

Artist/maker

Carracci, Annibale, born 1560 - died 1609 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on light brown paper, roughly squared in red chalk

Dimensions

Height: 251 mm, Width: 193 mm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink drawing by Annibale Carracci depicting a nude figure of a man seated holding a staff, against a background of trees and rocks. Italy, ca. 1580-1609.

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

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings, Volume Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, p.32 , cat. n. 652, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

CARRACCI, ANNIBALE (1560-1609)

652
Seated male nude, holding a staff, against a background of trees and rocks

An inscription in ink along the right margin has been cut and is illegible; inscribed on the back of the mount in W. Esdaile's hand and signed with his initials (as in Lugt 2617) 'Robt Udny's Colln» 1803. P.27. N.54'
Pen and .ink on light brown paper; roughly squared in red chalk
9 7/8 x 7 5/8 (251 x 193) CAI.260

PROVENANCE ? Lelli (Lugt, Supplement 2852); R. Udny (Lugt 2248); W. Esdaile (Lugt 2617; possibly lot no 213 in the sale at Christie's, 19 June 1840, described as 'St. John; from Udney's Collection; by Annibale Carracci'); Ionides Bequest 1901 (Lugt 488)

LITERATURE Ionides Catalogue, p. 11 (as by Anmbale Carracci)

Perhaps a study for a St John in the Wilderness, or for a Paris in the Judgement of Paris. The drawing possesses some of the characteristics of Annibale's 'ugly' late style, as Wittkower calls it. Compare it, for example, with the drawing of the Adoration of the Shepherds at Windsor Castle (inv. no. 2118; Wittkower, Windsor, p. 147, no. 356, fig. 50). Compare also a study for the figure of Polyphemus in the Louvre (inv. no. 7196: illustrated in the Catalogue of the Drawings in the Carracci exhibition Bologna, 1956, no. 166, pI. 56).

Materials

Paper; Pen and ink; Red chalk

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Figure study; Nudes; Staff

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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