Seated woman representing Astrology

Giambologna Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 536

Giambologna seldom drew; he explored ideas by modeling them. This rare wax sketch is an early study for a seated, draped female nude that was composed to be pleasing from every viewpoint. The rotating pose, which evokes the revolutions of the planets and stars, is apt for a personification of Astrology. A celestial sphere rests precariously behind the figure’s feet.

Seated woman representing Astrology, Giambologna (Netherlandish, Douai 1529–1608 Florence), Red wax, Italian

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