Santi di Tito (Italian, Sansepolcro 1536–1603 Florence)
Black chalk (recto); rulings in red chalk and black chalk by early collector (verso)
sheet: 13 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (35 x 17.5 cm)
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2002
Not on view
A pupil of Bronzino and Alessandro Allori, Santi di Tito was among the founders in 1563 of the Florentine Accademia del Disegno (the Academy of Drawing). He had a leading role among the generation of late-sixteenth-century Tuscan painters who turned to the practice of carefully observed life drawing to direct their pictorial language away from an abstract Mannerist vocabulary and toward one of greater naturalism. Of great psychological presence, the figure of the balding, bearded man with a flaccid torso in this life study is portrayed with uncompromising veracity. The artist played the softly blended chalk against the white of the paper to create a delicate luminous effect. The naturalistic vocabulary of the figure is reminiscent of Santi di Tito's Resurrection altarpiece in Santa Croce, Florence of 1573-74, and The Supper at Emaus of 1574.
Inscription: Annotation in pen and brown ink by late 17th century-early 18th century collector on detached piece of paper may have been originally part of the sheet: "Di Santi di Tito."
The Collector is possibly Filippo Baldinucci.
Sotheby's, New York, January 25, 2002lot 3 (unsold); Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 29, 2002–January 26, 2003.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selection from the Permanent Collection," September 28, 2015–January 7, 2016.
Artist: Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome)Date: ca. 1510–11Medium: Red chalk, with small accents of white chalk on the left shoulder of the figure in the main study (recto); soft black chalk, or less probably charcoal (verso)Accession: 24.197.2On view in:Not on view