Nov 20, 2012

Study of a Flayed Torso (verso)

Study of a Flayed Torso (verso)


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Bartolommeo da Arezzo

(Italian, active about 1550–80)

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash over traces of black chalk; incised

Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 40.5 x 27.6 cm (15 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

L. E. Holden Fund 1975.26.b



In order to understand the movement of the human form, Michelangelo was known to have studied flayed bodies (cadavers with their skin removed) and in fact made several drawings of them. Bartolommeo da Arezzo—a follower of Michelangelo working a generation after the master—became obsessed with studying corpses, even stealing them from local graveyards. On one side of this sheet (verso), he drew a flayed torso.

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