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Three Male Nudes

Three Male Nudes

c. 1540-1547

Domenico Beccafumi

(Italian, 1486-1551)

Black chalk or charcoal (stumped in places), with traces of brush and black chalk wash, heightened with white; incised, framing lines in black chalk or charcoal (top and bottom), on light brown laid paper (discolored), laid down on a secondary support (not visible), laid on a tertiary support of laid paper

Support: Light brown laid paper (discolored), laid down on a secondary support (not visible), laid on a tertiary support of laid paper

Sheet: 23.2 x 41.7 cm (9 1/8 x 16 7/16 in.); Secondary Support: 23.2 x 41.9 cm (9 1/8 x 16 1/2 in.); Tertiary Support: 24.8 x 42.7 cm (9 3/4 x 16 13/16 in.)

Delia E. Holden Fund 1958.313

Description

Chiaroscuro drawing, a common technique in the 1500s, is usually done on a medium toned sheet with dark colors indicating the outlines and shadows and white pigment used for the highlights. Prints imitating these drawings were popular at the time.

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