Reclining Male Nude

Object Details

Title:

Reclining Male Nude

Artist/Maker(s):

Francesco Salviati (Italian, 1510 - 1563)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1550

Medium:

Red chalk with stumping, heightened with white

Dimensions:

27 x 39.7 cm (10 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.)

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In this highly polished chalk study, Mannerist Francesco Salviati combined tight, sure contours with subtle modeling to suggest the smoothness of the marble sculpture on which he based his rendition. He introduced white chalk highlights so economically that they are almost invisible, never interrupting the smooth light-to-dark gradations that shape his forms. Salviati based this drawing on the Hercules Chiaramonti , a classical sculpture in the Vatican Museums. To make a complete figure, he reconstructed parts missing from the damaged statue: the head, right forearm, and right leg below the knee. Salviati's talent made this inanimate, incomplete figure appear alive, animatedly twisting to gaze wide-eyed off the sheet.

Exhibitions
Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence (July 15 to October 19, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 15 to October 19, 2003
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
Disegno: Drawing in Europe 1520-1600 (November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013