Figure Studies (recto); Figure Studies (verso)

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Figure Studies (recto); Figure Studies (verso)


Federico Barocci (Italian, about 1535 - 1612)




Italy (Place Created)




Black and white chalk, beige chalk on right knee, stylus indentations (recto); Black and white chalk (verso) on blue paper

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30 × 27.1 cm (11 13/16 × 10 11/16 in.)

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Federico Barocci applied black and white chalk energetically to describe the body of a man holding a large bowl under one arm. Using assured strokes he captured the man's hunched position as he leans forward, legs bent, balancing the weight of the bowl by leaning to the other side. White chalk lines create texture on his robe as it slips from his shoulders, while softly smudged patches on his shoulders, neck, and face give his body a glistening sheen.

Barocci produced the drawing as a study for a servant in the left corner of a painting. On the verso, another sketch shows the same figure drawn facing the opposite direction. Perhaps Barocci made it when he was contemplating placing the figure at the other side of the composition.

- 1982

Theodore Allen Heinrich, American, American, 1910 - 1981 [sold, Christie's, London, July 6, 1982, lot 134.]

- 1983

P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Old Master Drawings [1983] (June to July 1983) (recto)
  • P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London, June to July 1983
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
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997