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Male Nude

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Male Nude

Palma il Giovane

Object Creation Date
circa 1564-1628

Medium & Support
pen and brown ink on buff paper, mounted

11 13/16 in. x 3 7/16 in. ( 30 cm x 8.8 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
Palma's sketch of a male nude appears to be influenced by Michelangelo, whose art he studied in Rome. The extreme musculature of Michelangelo's style is heightened here by Palma, whose varying use of line is especially noticeable in the rippling torso. The figure's elongation is emphasized by the very narrow strip of paper on which it is sketched. This format suggests that the drawing was created as an autonomous work of art. Palma's many drawings were eagerly collected by artists and connoisseurs even in his own lifetime.
Label text done by student Sara L. Johnson in conjunction with the History of Art seminar 613, "Venetian Art at the University of Michigan", November 27, 1996.

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Primary Object Type
life drawing

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