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A seated man in profile to right; with right leg raised on a surface and body twisted round to left where he is holding a book with both hands
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 358 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
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- Roger Ward has connected this figure with an early phase in Bandinelli's work on the tombs of Leo X and Clement VII in S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome. He dates the drawing to the period 1536-40.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 114; R.B. Ward, 'A Catalogue of the Drawings by Baccio Bandinelli in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum' (M.A. Report, May 1978, Courtauld Institute, University of London), no. 21; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Florentine drawings of the sixteenth century', 1986, no. 93; R. Ward, in exhib. cat., Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 'Baccio Bandinelli: Drawings from British Collections', 1988, no. 34
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
The pose is clearly inspired by Michelangelo's figures of 'Prophets' and ignudi in the Sistine ceiling. Ward has ingeniously connected the figure with an early phase of Bandinelli's work on the tombs of Leo X and Clement VII in S. Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, dating the drawing in period 1536-40.
But 1895,0915.551 seems once to have been among a group of drawings of Apostles by Bandinelli: it was engraved, in reverse, by Jan de Bisschop on the same plate as four other figures, three standing and one other seated ('Paradigmata graphices variorum artificium. Voor-Beelden der teken-Konst van verscheyde meesters', Amsterdam, 1671, pl. 35); the preceding plate shows six further standing Apostles, also after Bandinelli. It seems likely, therefore, that the present drawing is a study for one in a series of such figures rather than a separate study for a figure to appear within a composition.
Literature: JCR 114; Ward, no. 21.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 93
1988 May-July, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 'Bandinelli', no. 34
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