Standing Saint (recto); Studies of Christ at the Column, a Nude from Behind, and Various Figures (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Standing Saint (recto); Studies of Christ at the Column, a Nude from Behind, and Various Figures (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Filippino Lippi (Italian, about 1457 - 1504)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1482

Medium:

Metalpoint, heightened with white gouache, on gray prepared paper (recto and verso)

Dimensions:

27.1 x 17.5 cm (10 11/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

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Using metalpoint on light gray prepared paper, Filippino Lippi drew a male saint holding a staff or possibly a stemmed cross. He probably sketched from a model, likely his youthful assistant or apprentice, and used the drawing primarily as a drapery study. Scholars know neither the exact purpose nor the date of the drawing, although it may relate to a 1503 altarpiece. Few of Lippi's drawings directly relate to his paintings, and drawings for his altarpieces are scarce. This study represents a rare opportunity to witness his working method in the early years of the 1500s. On the verso Lippi drew the same model from life as a study of two standing youths, with other, fainter studies along the edges of the paper. These two figures seem to relate directly to the figure of Saint Sebastian in the altarpiece. The white lead highlights that Lippi applied to both studies show that the model was illuminated by a light source at the left. Lippi also drew cast shadows at the figures' feet.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (68; recto)
  • 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) (23; recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Drapery and Costume in European Drawings of the 15th through the 18th Century (March 28 to June 11, 1995) (23; recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), March 28 to June 11, 1995
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 and verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010