- Museum number
Bandinelli album: Three studies of a leg. Pen and brown ink over leadpoint
Verso: the foot of a skeleton. Leadpoint
- Production date
- 1525-1550 (circa)
Height: 285 millimetres
Width: 206 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Tenth page of an album discussed under 1866,1208.641/2 (with bibliography).
The three studies are placed with the didactic intent of showing a limb from variety of angles. The right leg in the centre is repeated on the recto of the following sheet. The left foot casts a shadow to the right, the other two feet have been trimmed away at the heel. These studies are closely linked to those on the verso of a sheet by Michelangelo in Haarlem containing four legs in pen and ink over red chalk (C. de Tolnay, `Corpus dei disegni di Michelangelo`, 4 vols, Novara, 1975-80, no. 111; C. van Tuyll, `The Italian Drawings of the 15th and 16th Centuries in the Teyler Museum`, Haarlem, 2000, no. 53, pp. 113-14). The present studies are roughly a third larger and in portrait orientation rather than in the landscape format of the Haarlem sheet. Michelangelo uses red chalk to indicate contour and form, then applying pen and ink to bring out the sinews; the artist of this group uses leadpoint solely in the seeking of outine, creating form with cross hatching in pen and ink.
The verso contains the outline drawing in leadpoint of the foot of a skeleton. It has the appearance of a tracing, suggesting that at least some of the drawings of this group were begun in this way. This is further suggested by the presence of a skeleton foot of similar proportions in pen and ink and in opposite orientation on the verso of the facing page.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997 Oct-Nov, London, Royal College of Art, 'The Quick and the Dead'
1998 Jan-Mar, Warwick, Mead Gallery, 'The Quick and the Dead'
1998 Mar-May, Leeds, City Art Gallery, 'The Quick and the Dead'
1998 Jun-Sep, Geneva, Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, 'The Quick and the Dead'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The title on the album cover demonstrates a Dutch or Flemish provenance.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number