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A nude man and woman standing; whole-length, the man seen almost from behind, the woman looking down to right
- Production date
- 1456-1523 (circa)
Height: 358 millimetres
Width: 238 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Berenson has suggested that the inscription may be by Filippo Baldinucci. The drawing can be dated to circa 1488 on the basis of a connection to the altarpiece for the Bichi chapel formerly in the church of Sant'Agostino in Siena (see Van Cleave, 1995, p. 129). The male figure in this drawing also appears in reverse in the lost painting of the 1490s of the 'School of Pan' formerly in Berlin.
Lit: B. Berenson, 'The Drawings of the Florentine Painters', Chicago, 1938, II, p. 332, no. 2509E, III, fig. 99; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 243, II, pl. CCVII (with previous literature); C. Van Cleave, 'Luca Signorelli as a Draughtsman', unpublished D.Phil diss., Oxford, 1995, cat. 14, pp. 128-30 (with further literature).
Popham & Pouncey 1950
Berenson regards this drawing as possibly a study for the 'Pan', formerly at Berlin (K. der K. 59), to which a date about 1490 is generally assigned. He explains the freedom and largeness of the drawing as an anticipation of Signorelli's later manner. These qualities might perhaps be more easily accounted for by dating the sheet in the period of the polyptych executed for S. Agostino at Siena in 1498, and of the Orvieto frescoes, painted in 1500 or soon after; cf. panels formerly at Berlin (K. der K. 75) and in the Cook collection (K. der K. 77) which have been supposed to be connected with the former; and two figures on the r.-hand side of the 'Coronation of the Elect' at Orvieto (K. der K. 105).
Literature: BB 2509E (Gazette, vii (1932), p. 178, fig. 5).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998/9 Nov-Jan, London NG, Signorelli
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