Two Standing Male Figures

Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) Italian

Not on view

In his late works Perino evolved an increasingly mannered style given to demonstrations of effortless complexity, artifice, grace, and fanciful invention. These ponderous, artfully posed figures, lumbering yet vaporous, their impossibly tiny heads perched atop elongated and swollen bodies, are quintessential exemplars of a figure canon that proved immensely influential for subsequent artists working in Rome through the end of the sixteenth century. A very similar drawing by Perino representing two standing draped women, also from the collections of Peter Lely and William, Second Duke of Devonshire, belongs to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (inv. PD.33-1998, from the collection of the late John Gere.)

Two Standing Male Figures, Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (Italian, Florence 1501–1547 Rome), Pen and dark brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache, over traces of black chalk, on brownish paper

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