Study of a Seated Young Man

Object Details

Title:

Study of a Seated Young Man

Artist/Maker(s):

Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian (Bolognese), 1591 - 1666)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1619

Medium:

Black chalk dipped in gum, white chalk heightening on gray-brown paper

Dimensions:

52.2 x 42.7 cm (20 9/16 x 16 13/16 in.)

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In his youth, Guercino made many drawings from nude models, often using charcoal, the traditional medium for such studies. Artists usually made such drawings from the nude, known as académies, in an art academy or in an artist's studio. Guercino probably made large-scale drawings like this one as demonstration pieces to inspire the pupils in his own academy. He made other oiled-charcoal nude studies of this model around the same time. For these studies, Guercino typically used rough, light-brown paper and charcoal soaked in oil, which made the line darker and more permanent. For luminosity, he added occasional touches of white chalk highlights. This combination enabled him to create luminous shadows or reflected light within deep shadow and to suggest the texture of flesh. His masterly technique simplified forms and distinctively modeled them with soft lines and broad shading to suggest the play of light.

Provenance

Hugh Blaker, 1873 - 1936

Sir Colin Anderson, English, 1904 - 1980

Lady Anderson

Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox Ltd.

Exhibitions
An Exhibition of Selected Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture from the Collection of the Late Hugh Baker (March 1948)
  • The Leicester Galleries, (London), March to March, 1948
European Drawings (November to December 1988)
  • Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox Ltd., (London), November to December, 1988
Guercino, Master Draftsman: Works from North American Collections (February 16 to March 31, 1991)
  • Arthur M. Sackler Museum, (Cambridge), February 16 to March 31, 1991
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri: Il Guercino, 1591 - 1666 (September 6, 1991 to May 17, 1992)
  • Museo Civico (Bologna), September 6 to November 10, 1991
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (58)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (20)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997) (20)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999) (20)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999
The Body Beautiful: Artists Draw the Nude (1440 - 1880) (December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000) (20)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000
Guercino: Mind to Paper (October 17, 2006 to May 13, 2007) (2)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 17, 2006 to January 21, 2007
  • Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, (London), February 22 to May 13, 2007