Figure and Drapery studies (recto); Three Studies of a Male Torso for the 'Coronation of Marcantonio Pasqualini' (verso)
Andrea Sacchi (Italian, Rome (?) ca. 1599–1661 Rome)
red and white chalk (recto), red chalk (verso) on paper
Sheet: 10 7/8 x 15 11/16 in. (27.7 x 39.8 cm)
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2003
Not on view
In this sheet of studies of a male torso Sacchi worked out the pose of the god Apollo for his painting Marcantonio Pasqualini Crowned by Apollo (on view in the Museum's European Paintings galleries). A masterpiece of Italian Baroque art, the painting is a portrait of a celebrated singer at the papal court as well as an allegory of music. The figure of Apollo is loosely based on the famous Apollo Belvedere, an exceedingly influential ancient Roman sculpture in the Vatican collections. Here, Sacchi shows him holding a lyre (an ancient stringed instrument sacred to Apollo) in his left hand and a wreath with which he prepares to crown the triumphant singer in his upraised right hand. Both details of Apollo's pose were retained in the final painting.
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink on the recto 'Caino à Barb-' (?); numbered '21' in pen and dark brown ink on the verso.
Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 13, 2009–October 4, 2009.
Keith Christiansen "Going for Baroque: Bringing the 17th century Masters to the Met" The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. 62, no. 3, New York, Winter 2005.