Study of the Hands and Torso of a Praying Figure; Study of a Male Nude and a Leg

Accession Number

Study of the Hands and Torso of a Praying Figure; Study of a Male Nude and a Leg

Carlo Maratta

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
conte crayon on paper

15 1/2 in. x 17 7/8 in. ( 39.37 cm x 45.4 cm )

Credit Line
Joseph F. McCrindle Collection

Subject matter
This sheet contains studies of a praying figure and a male nude. 

Physical Description
On the recto is a landscape-orientation sketch in red chalk of a figure in prayer. The drawing is composed of just the model's torso, from shoulders to hip. The figure's arms are slightly outstreched with palms together in prayer.
On the verso is a portrait-orientation sketch in red chalk of a male nude, heightened in white. The figure is shown on his knees with legs just past shoulder-distance apart; the figure leans backwards, his chin raised and head titled away from the viewer. His left arm is stretched above his head and reaches right; the right arm extends straight out to the right, ending at the elbow. Below the man is a study of a leg bending at the knee.

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Collection Area

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hands (animal components)
legs (animal components)
men (male humans)
nudes (representations)
studies (visual works)
torsos (animal components)

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