Two Male Nudes

Object Details

Title:

Two Male Nudes

Artist/Maker(s):

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem (Dutch, 1562 - 1638)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1590

Medium:

Oil on paper grisaille

Dimensions:

27.1 x 19.2 cm (10 11/16 x 7 9/16 in.)

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In this dark, erotic scene, it was the extended and twisted poses of the two male nudes that interested Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, not their facial expressions. The larger man turns his head away from the viewer, grasping the young boy's foot in his left hand, his right arm sensually wrapped around the boy's body. The boy sits splay-legged, leaning back against the man's arm with his face hidden in the forceful embrace of the man.

Van Haarlem used modulated tones to suggest texture as revealed by gradations of light. Gleaming highlights reflect off the smooth, muscular bodies, showing off the dimpled texture of their flesh. Delicate white, almost frothy strokes form the leafy trees in the background.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (29)
  • 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) (89)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Dutch Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (August 16 to October 23, 1994) (89)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 16 to October 23, 1994
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997) (89)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997
Drawing the Figure from Leonardo da Vinci to Lucien Freud (November 20, 1999 to February 27, 2000) (89)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Sydney), November 20, 1999 to February 27, 2000
Drawing the Classical Figure (December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009) (89)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009