A Standing Male Nude (recto); A Standing Male Nude (verso)

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A Standing Male Nude (recto); A Standing Male Nude (verso)


Giovanni Battista Naldini (Italian, about 1537 - 1591)




Italy (Place created)




Black, red and white chalk, squared in black and red chalk (recto); red chalk (verso)


35.1 × 19.7 cm (13 13/16 × 7 3/4 in.)

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Giovanni Battista Naldini used each side of this page to experiment with several positions for this male nude's arms and legs. On the recto, the man leans sharply forward, hands wrapped around the ledge or with the fingers folded under, knuckles supporting his weight in an alternate pose. The red chalk study on the verso, which is faintly drawn and somewhat rubbed, shows the same figure with his hands placed in the higher of the two positions from the recto.

The striking pose of these figures closely recalls an onlooker in a fresco by Andrea del Sarto in a Florentine church.

January 16, 1985

Sotheby's (New York), lot 22

16th and 17th Century Italian Drawings (December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993
Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence (July 15 to October 19, 2003) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 15 to October 19, 2003