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Studies of a Seated Youth in Armor

Artist:
Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, Venice 1460/66?–1525/26 Venice)
Date:
ca. 1505
Medium:
Point of brush and gray wash, highlighted with white gouache, on blue paper
Dimensions:
7 1/2 x 7 1/16in. (19 x 18cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
54.119
Not on view
This celebrated drawing depicts a young model dressed in armor and positioned as though he were on horseback, his right arm raised and holding the shaft of a spear in his gloved hand. The figure is supplemented at upper right by a study of a helmet and, at lower left, by a detail of the armor. Both secondary studies are drawn in a larger scale, allowing Carpaccio to explore them in great detail. The pictorial effects of the drawing are achieved through the chromatic contrast of the blue paper; the reflections on the armor and the boy’s face are achieved through using white gouache and shadows in a few parallel lines. The artist may have intended to use this study for a painting, though the figure differs from the series of canvases dedicated to the life of the saint that he painted for the Scuola di San Giorgio in Venice.
Regina Shoolman Slatkin (Hungarian, 1907–1999)
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Palazzo Grassi, Venice. "Renaissance Venice and the North: Crosscurrents in the Time of Bellini, Dürer, and Titian," September 5, 2000–January 9, 2000.

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"Eighty-Fourth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Year 1953: Additions to the Collections." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 13, no. 1, New York, Summer 1954, p. 23.

Jan Lauts, Erica Millman, Marguerite Kay Carpaccio: Paintings and Drawings. Phaidon, London, 1962, pp. 273-74, no. 37, pl. 122.

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Michelangelo Muraro I disegni di Vittore Carpaccio. Corpus Graphicorum, Florence, 1977, pp. 63-64, fig. 54.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, pp. 56-57, no. 43.

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