Sep 21, 2010

Torsos with Rib Cages

Torsos with Rib Cages

early 1540s

Battista Franco

(Italian, c. 1510–1561)

Pen and brown ink with incised lines

Support: Three sheets (joined) light brown laid paper, laid down on beige(1) laid(?) paper

Sheet: 11.9 x 33.3 cm (4 11/16 x 13 1/8 in.); Secondary Support: 11.9 x 33.3 cm (4 11/16 x 13 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Cassirer 1964.378

Location

Description

Michelangelo was among the first artists in Europe to attend a human dissection and to adopt anatomical knowledge as a necessity for depicting the human figure. These drawings by Battista Franco reflect the increased—and slightly macabre—interest in the interior workings of the human body inspired in part by Michelangelo’s example. Here, the groupings of rib cages, though rendered accurately, are placed into decorative piles. The odd assembly vacillates between scientific study and a symbolic memento mori, or reminder of death.

See also
Collection: 
DR - Italian
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.