Figure Studies for the Sistine Ceiling (verso)

Figure Studies for the Sistine Ceiling (verso)

1510–11

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Michelangelo Buonarroti

(Italian, 1475-1564)

Red chalk heightened with traces of white

Support: Beige(2) laid paper, perimeter mounted to gray laid paper

Sheet: 23.4 x 33.5 cm (9 3/16 x 13 3/16 in.); Secondary Support: 24.4 x 34.4 cm (9 5/8 x 13 9/16 in.)

Gift in memory of Henry G. Dalton by his nephews George S. Kendrick and Harry D. Kendrick 1940.465.b

Description

The verso of this drawing features several close-up preparatory studies of the foot and toes of an ignudo (athletic male nude) as well as two studies of a head and shoulders that have not been linked to any figures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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