Study of a Standing Man with Headcloth and Two Studies of his Hands
Wilhelm Schadow (German, Berlin 1788–1862 Düsseldorf)
early to mid-19th century
Graphite, heightened with white chalk, on light brown paper
sheet: 14 13/16 x 10 3/8 in. (37.7 x 26.4 cm)
Purchase, Alain and Marie-Christine van den Broek d'Obrenan Gift, 2008
Not on view
Finely executed with a silvery graphite and gently highlighted with white chalk, this drawing presents a life study of a sacerdotal figure in a romanticized medieval headcloth. At the bottom the artist repeated an enlarged and detailed study of the figure’s hands. The figure on top was then squared in black chalk for enlargement. Schadow was a main exponent of the Nazarene movement in Germany, which was driven by an authentic admiration for the Italian Renaissance and its tradition of drawing. He was also the celebrated director of the Düsseldorfer Malerschule (Düsseldorf School of Painting) during the 1830s and 1840s.
Inscription: Verso: at lower centre, inscribed Kuwe [?] in green pencil (19th- or 20th-century handwriting); at lower right, inscribed S707 in graphite, and below, a label numbered 16 in black ball point (both 20th-century handwriting).
Marking: At lower right, the artist's estate mark (Aus Dir. v. Schadows Nachlass, stamped in blue; not in Lugt).
Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2016–January 30, 2017.