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Two Studies of a Seated Male Nude

Artist:
Follower of Jacopo da Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci) (Italian, Pontormo 1494–1556 Florence)
Date:
mid-16th century
Medium:
Black chalk
Dimensions:
14 9/16 x 8 in. (37 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.281
Not on view
Softly modeled in black chalk, this monumental and sculpturesque figure of a nude man with a hypnotic gaze bears a musical instrument known as a syrinx, which may suggest his identification as a mythological figure, such as Apollo. Below is a smaller and sketchier study of the same figure, clothed in heavy drapery. The drawing has been associated with the Mannerist masters Pontormo and Bronzino and can be ascribed to an artist in their circle.
Joshua Reynolds, London (Lugt 2364); Thomas Lawrence, London (Lugt 2445); Charles Greville, England (Lugt 549); H.S. Reitlinger, London (Lugt Suppl. 2274a); Reitlinger sale 1953, lot 85; [H.M. Calmann, London]; [Seiferheld Gallery, New York]. Acquired by Robert Lehman in March 1961.
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