Drapery Study (recto); Study of a Nude Man (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Drapery Study (recto); Study of a Nude Man (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Andrea del Sarto (Italian, 1486 - 1530)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1517

Medium:

Red chalk

Dimensions:

27.9 x 15.2 cm (11 x 6 in.)

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Preparatory studies were not necessarily made only for paintings or sculpture: Andrea del Sarto drew these studies for the hood of a cape. Each represents the figure of Moses in the Transfiguration, which was embroidered on the hood of the cape, part of the vestments given to the cathedral of Cortona in 1526 by Margherita Passerini and probably commissioned by her son, a cardinal.

The drapery study on the recto illustrates del Sarto's sophistication in creating texture and a range of tones using red chalk. Solely to develop the figure's overall pose, he made the nude study for Moses on the verso, which is much more simply drawn. While del Sarto continued the Florentine High Renaissance tradition of the large, classic form and measured pose, he also began to deviate slightly from their ideals. The nude figure on the verso may no longer quite represent ideal proportions; he is more stocky, perhaps more like a peasant, when compared to the consistently noble nature of figures by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

Provenance

Claude Kuhn, Basel, sold to Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox in 1987.

Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox Ltd., London. Sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989.

Exhibitions
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
16-17th Century European Drawings (December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994
The Body Beautiful: Artists Draw the Nude (1440 - 1880) (December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000
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
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