A Young Man Seated on the Ground

Jan Miel Flemish

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Jan Miel, a Flemish artist active in Rome from the 1630s, specialized in genre scenes and landscapes populated by figures like this man, probably a shepherd or outdoor laborer resting on the ground. The drawing is executed in a combination of black chalk and ink—the latter discernible in the contours of the legs and proper right shoulder and in the man’s face and hair. The selective touches of white anticipate the crisp strokes of lead white with which Miel often enlivened his richly toned paintings (see, for example, 93.29).

A similar study by Miel of a man wearing the same type of sheepskin vest but notably less refined shoes appeared in a sale at Christie’s Paris, March 26, 2014 (lot 73).

(JSS, 8/24/2018)

A Young Man Seated on the Ground, Jan Miel (Flemish, Beveren 1599–1664 Turin), Black and white chalk, brush and gray ink on brown paper; framing line in pen and brown ink

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