Drapery Study for a Standing Male Figure in Profile Facing Left.
Workshop of Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)
Black chalk, highlighted with white chalk, on tan paper
sheet: 11 x 5 15/16 in. (28 x 15.1 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 2006
Not on view
This drapery study for a standing male figure wearing a voluminous mantle was executed in a distinctive drawing technique-featuring soft, very granular black chalk with white chalk highlights-that is closely associated with Fra Bartolommeo and his workshop in Florence. The anatomical features of the figure are awkward in form, in contrast to the accomplished rendering of the draperies, but this is explained by the fact that the study, like a number of others by this artist, were in all probability drawn from a mannequin wearing cast draperies of real cloth (two wooden lay figures are mentioned in the inventory of Fra Bartolommeo's studio and possessions, drafted soon after his death in 1517). Here, the telltale clues of the mannequin are the curiously spherical head and pug-nose, along with the clumpy hands and large feet. The sheet was inscribed by an early collector at lower left del frate (by the friar), a typical reference to Fra Bartolommeo, who took vows in the Dominican order at the convent of San Marco, Florence.
Inscription: at lower left hand in black chalk: "del frate" (?)
Anonymous18th-c. Italian collectorby whom inscription in pen and brown ink on verso of mount, portion erased at top, and below: "No. 159. / Fra Bartolomeo, / Fiorentino -/ Morì d'anni 48, nel 1517.; Erasmus Phillips, ca. 1730 (his mount); Hans M. Calmann(Lugt suppl. 2687); John Steiner and Alice F. Steiner
, Cambridge. "Renaissance and Baroque Drawings from the Collections of John and Alice Steiner," November 18, 1977–January 15, 1978.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. "Renaissance and Baroque Drawings from the Collections of John and Alice Steiner," February 7, 1978–March 20, 1978.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 13, 2009–July 12, 2009.
Renaissance and Baroque Drawings from the Collections of John and Alice Steiner. Exh. cat. Edited by Konrad Oberhuber, Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1977, cat. no. 1, fig. no. 1, pp. 25-26., ill.
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)Date: 1472–1517Medium: Pen and brown ink (kneeling angel at left), faint black chalk (the hardly legible standing figure of the Virgin at right) (recto); faint view of buildings in pen and brown ink (verso)Accession: 23.280.7On view in:Not on view