Study of a Man with Various Sketches (recto); Study of a Man's Draped Leg (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Study of a Man with Various Sketches (recto); Study of a Man's Draped Leg (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Polidoro da Caravaggio (Polidoro Caldara) (Italian, 1495/1500 - about 1543)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1535

Medium:

Red chalk (recto); black chalk (verso)

Dimensions:

20.6 x 18.4 cm (8 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Polidoro da Caravaggio made this careful study of a naked man with his left leg extended and his arms raised above his drooping head. Another sketch of his pointed left foot and calf appears along the top of the sheet, while his disembodied left arm floats along the right side of the sheet.

Polidoro applied the red chalk energetically, describing the taut muscles of the man's chest, arms, and thighs with strong diagonal shading. His head, in contrast, is loosely drawn, as the artist preferred to concentrate on the position and form of the body instead. The sharply pointed toes on the single foot provide a sharp contrast to the limp angle of his hand.

Scholars believe Polidoro produced this sketch in connection with a martyrdom scene.

When the Getty Museum purchased this sheet, its parts were arranged differently, with the arm at the right margin incorrectly attached along the lower edge. Museum conservators restored the fragment to its proper position.

Exhibitions
Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001
Mise-en-Page: The Art of Composing on Paper (December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003
The Secret Life of Drawings (November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011