Standing Man with His Right Hand on His Chest

François André Vincent French
Formerly attributed to Jacques Louis David French

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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.

Standing Man with His Right Hand on His Chest, François André Vincent (French, Paris 1746–1816 Paris), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over red chalk on tan paper. Traces of squaring in graphite and red chalk.

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