The J. Paul Getty Museum

Sheet of Studies: A Seated Nude Man, A Youthful Head and a Caricature Head of a Man Playing a Pipe

Object Details

Title:

Sheet of Studies: A Seated Nude Man, A Youthful Head and a Caricature Head of a Man Playing a Pipe

Artist/Maker:

Domenico Maria Canuti (Italian, 1620 - 1684)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1669–1671

Medium:

Red chalk

Object Number:

96.GB.331

Dimensions:

39.5 × 27.6 cm (15 9/16 × 10 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

This seated youth or ignudo shields his face from the blinding light of Hercules' arrival on Mount Olympus. Here Domenico Maria Canuti conceived him as a real-life youth, muscular and rounded, with emotional energy implicit in his contorted pose. Soon after making this drawing, he portrayed the same ignudo somewhat differently in a corner of one of his first major works, the Apotheosis of Hercules on the ceiling of the grand salon of a palazzo in Bologna.

Canuti based his drawing style firmly in Bolognese tradition. Like his predecessor Annibale Carracci, he depicted ignudi as real people, with often disconcertingly animated expressions and movements. Canuti's caricature of a man playing a pipe at the right also displays the influence of the Carracci, who were masters of caricature.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999
Drawing the Classical Figure (December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009
Hatched! Creating Form with Line (March 11 to June 1, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 11 to June 1, 2014