Pyramid of Five Men

Pyramid of Five Men

about 1450s-60s

Juste de Juste

(French, 1505-1559)


Support: Antique laid paper

Sheet: 29 x 21.7 cm (11 7/16 x 8 9/16 in.); Platemark: 27.8 x 20.7 cm (10 15/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

Alma Kroeger Fund 2007.167

Catalogue raisonné: Zerner J.5



Although almost nothing is known about Juste de Juste, he was probably among a circle of artists working at Fontainebleau in France in the 1540s. This eccentric composition seems to reference the twisting, turning, and balancing bodies found on the Sistine Chapel ceiling as well as the muscular nude body types associated with Michelangelo. However, the composition itself is a unique invention not derived from any specific part of the ceiling or indeed from life studies.

See also
PR - Etching
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Alma Kroeger Fund

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