Study of Hands

Charles Joseph Natoire French

Not on view

This delicate study of hands is a rarity in Natoire’s oeuvre as he painted portraits only occasionally. This drawing is a study for a self-portrait that was commissioned by the Grand Duke of Tuscany for his famous gallery of artists’s self-portraits. In the painting, Natoire holds a porte-crayon in his right hand and displays his cordon de Saint-Michel in his left. It is rare, also, to find such a study on a large un-cut sheet of paper.

Study of Hands, Charles Joseph Natoire (French, Nîmes 1700–1777 Castel Gandolfo), Black and white chalks on blue paper

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