This sheet is a study for the figure of Cinna, who appears in Vincent’s 1787 painting The Clemency of Augustus as the grateful recipient of the Roman emperor’s mercy. In the compositional study hanging nearby, Cinna is drawn in the same pose, nude, while in the finished painting, he wears classical garb. In this quickly executed sketch, Vincent drew the left arm a second time, experimenting with the position of the hand.
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Title:Standing Man with His Right Hand on His Chest
Artist:François André Vincent (French, Paris 1746–1816 Paris)
Former Attribution:Formerly attributed to Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
Medium:Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over red chalk on tan paper. Traces of squaring in graphite and red chalk.
Dimensions:14 15/16 x 9 5/8 in. (38 x 24.4 cm)
Credit Line:Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Marking: Stamped in lower right corner in black ink, collector's mark of L. J. A. Coutan (Lugt 464).
L. J. A. Coutan (French), Lugt 464.; Ferdinand Hauguet; Maurice-Jacques-Albert Hauguet , this work does not appear in the Coutan-Hauguet sale of 16 - 17 December, 1889 (according to Rosenberg 2002).
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