Study of a Nude Boy, Partial Figure Study (recto); Study of a Seated Man (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Study of a Nude Boy, Partial Figure Study (recto); Study of a Seated Man (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci) (Italian (Florentine), 1494 - 1557)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

1518

Medium:

Red and white chalk (recto); red, white and black chalk (verso)

Dimensions:

38.9 x 24 cm (15 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Sharp, angular, energetic lines, seen most clearly on the verso figure, frequently characterized Pontormo's drawing style. While these are merely studies, exploring ideas for parts of a painting, they clearly suggest the emotional intensity of his art and the sharp contrast with the preceding ideal of classical High Renaissance harmony.

Pontormo made these drawings as preliminary figure studies for an altarpiece commissioned for a church in Florence in 1518, a work that some scholars consider the first clear manifestation of Mannerism in Italian painting. The full-length figure on the recto served as a source for the putto at the painting's top right.

The kneeling figure on the verso was a study for the young John the Baptist, who appears in the same general pose at the painting's center and also looks upward. In working out the exact pose for this figure, Pontormo first drew the right leg sharply bent in red chalk, then sketched it in fully extended. In the final painting, he settled on an angle between the two.

Provenance

Dr. Benno Geiger, 1882 - 1965

Captain G. Fenwick Owen

Exhibitions
Red Chalk Drawings (March 16 to May 30, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to May 30, 1999, (Cat. recto)
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, (Cat. recto)
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010, (Cat. recto and verso)
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, (Cat. recto)