Kneeling Figure (recto); Reclining Figure (verso)

Object Details


Kneeling Figure (recto); Reclining Figure (verso)


Agostino Carracci (Italian, 1557 - 1602)




Italy, Europe (Place created)


1582 to 1585


Black chalk with white chalk highlights on blue paper (recto); black chalk on blue paper (verso)


42.1 × 26.8 cm (16 9/16 × 10 9/16 in.)

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The use of chalk on blue paper was a common practice of Venetian artists and one that Agostino Carracci used frequently, in order to create mass through broad modeling. In the figure on the recto, Carracci used white chalk to pick up highlights on the man's back and curly locks of hair.

Carracci based this drawing on a painting by Veronese that he saw on a trip to Venice and Padua in 1582. During this sojourn, Carracci carefully studied the works of the Venetian masters Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese and made numerous engravings after their paintings.

Italian Master Drawings (May 5 to July 19, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), May 5 to July 19, 1992
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
North Italian Drawings of the 15th through the 17th Century (July 27 to October 10, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 27 to October 10, 1993
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999