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Study of a Standing Male Nude

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Study of a Standing Male Nude

Ubaldo Gandolfi; Gaetano Gandolfi

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Medium & Support
oil on canvas

35 15/16 in. x 26 11/16 in. ( 91.3 cm x 67.8 cm )

Credit Line
Gift from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection in memory of Frederick A. den Broeder

Label copy
Recent Acquisitions: Curators Choice Part I, November 12, 2011-March 18, 2012
Ubaldo or Gaetano Gandolfi
Italy, 1728–1871
Study of a Standing Male Nude
Oil on canvas
Gift from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection in memory of Frederick
A. den Broeder, 2008/2.199.2

Subject matter
By producing such finely painted studies of nudes, Ubaldo and Gaetano Gandolfi, the leading artists of eighteenth-century Bologna, perfected their skills at representing human anatomy. The brothers and their followers produced many similar paintings and numerous drawn studies of nudes as a fundamental part of their artistic training and practice. Here the model holds a complex pose that balances his body in tension. Undoubtedly painted in a studio, the props that the model uses for support are transformed into a rock and a stick while the walls of the studio are dissolved into a hazy outdoor setting.

Physical Description
A nude, muscular man, seen from behind, leans upon his left leg, which is propped on a rock. He grasps a stick for support with his left hand, while bending his torso to the right and looking downward. The lighting and colors vaguely suggest an outdoor environment.

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Primary Object Type
figure painting

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