Male Nude


(Volterra 1611-Florence 1690)

Male Nude
Around 1642
Sanguine on white laid paper, 16.3 x 10.1 inch

To the conspicuous number of autograph studies from nude models of the times of the Villa La Petraia (the majority of them preserved at the Uffizi Galleries and at the Louvre) we can now add this Male Nude standing, with the face turned to the right, portrayed almost entirely from the back, in a classical pose, with the gaze turned to the audience, his leg distanced-the left one is supporting-a hand on his hip and the right hand is holding a spear with the lower extremity on the ground. […]
The refined luminous effects and the lightness of the graphic trait are uniting this sheet with others (same subject same technique) made by Volterrano while preparing the frescoes made within the 1642, when he newly started the works at La Petraia after the long update break in North Italy and in Rome as reported by his biographer Filippo Baldinucci.

Excerpt of the expertise by Doc. Maria Cecilia Fabbri  

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