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Drawing - Study of the Belvedere Torso
  • Study of the Belvedere Torso
    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851
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Study of the Belvedere Torso

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1789-1793 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black, red and white chalks

  • Museum number:

    9261

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 159, box A

Physical description

Coloured chalk drawing of a plaster cast of the the Belvedere Torso

Place of Origin

London (drawn)

Date

ca.1789-1793 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black, red and white chalks

Marks and inscriptions

Signed bottom right: 'Wm Turner'

Dimensions

Height: 331 mm, Width: 235 mm

Object history note

Purchased by the museum in 1884 with six other academic studies

Descriptive line

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), study of the Belvedere Torso, made when Turner was a student in the 'antique academy' of the Royal Academy Schools, ca.1789-1793, black, red and white chalks

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

Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters and Methods since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 103, fig. 76

Labels and date

Students at the Royal Academy Schools began their training in the 'Antique Academy' by copying from plaster casts of classical sculpture. These works were considered to represent the highest point of artistic achievement. The Belvedere Torso, cast from the classical fragment in the Vatican Museums, was an essential model for aspiring artists. []

Materials

Black chalk; Red chalk; White chalk

Techniques

Drawn; Stump work

Subjects depicted

Antique, the; Male nude; Art school drawings; Plaster casts; Belvedere Torso

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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