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Study of a Nude Man

A work made of black chalk on buff laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk on buff laid paper.

Date:

1645–51

Artist:

Abraham Bloemaert
Dutch, 1566-1651

About this artwork

Abraham Bloemaert here used black chalk to carefully render a nude figure with notched ribs. The apparent strain in the figure’s sinewy muscles and the schematic rendering of support underneath his body suggest that the artist drew this figure from a live model. The rigid outline of the man’s body in addition to the short, hatched lines used for shading imply that Bloemaert could have conceived of this drawing for a pedagogical purpose. Bloemaert supervised dozens of pupils and is known to have organized life-drawing sessions with his contemporary Paulus Moreelse (1571–1638). Abraham’s son Frederick later published a book of prints based on his father’s drawings with the intention of providing additional sources for artistic training.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Abraham Bloemaert

Title

Study of a Nude Man

Origin

Holland

Date

1645–1651

Medium

Black chalk on buff laid paper

Dimensions

136 × 194 mm

Credit Line

Harold Joachim Endowment

Reference Number

1998.73

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