Female Figure with a Tibia, and Ornamental Studies (recto); Ornamental Studies (verso)

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Female Figure with a Tibia, and Ornamental Studies (recto); Ornamental Studies (verso)


Attributed to Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (Italian, 1483 - 1520)




Italy (Place created)


about 1504 - 1508


Pen and brown ink


30.5 x 18.9 cm (12 x 7 7/16 in.)

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This woman holds a tibia, a reed pipe that was the principal wind instrument of most ancient peoples. In her relaxed contrapposto pose, this figure reflects the new interest in classical antiquity that marked Renaissance art. Scholars have attributed the drawing to the young Raphael Sanzio. His classicism exhibited calmness and grace as well as an interest in selective emphasis of details; here he subtly focused on the woman's chin and left leg. His work also revealed floating, melodic lines, such as the one that defines the woman's body from shoulder to foot.

The Power of Myth: European Mythological Drawings of the 15th through the 19th Century (October 12 to December 26, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 12 to December 26, 1993
Drawings of Filippino Lippi and His Circle (October 27, 1997 to January 11, 1998) (recto)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), October 27, 1997 to January 11, 1998
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010