About this artwork
Charles Courtney Curran documented the atmosphere and activity of the Art Students' League in New York, where he studied and later taught. Here male and female students work alongside one another to practice rendering the idealized human form. Students at the Art Students' League worked from casts of Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as from reproductions of classically inspired Renaissance works, such as Michelangelo's allegorical Night from the tomb of Guiliano de'Medici, which occupies the lower left corner of this painting. In the 19th century, Night would not only have served as an effective demonstration of antiquity but would also have represented one of the more difficult poses to illustrate. Once students mastered drawing antique and antique-inspired sculptures, they would have advanced to a class with live models.
- Charles Courtney Curran
- An Alcove in the Art Students' League
- New York City
- Oil on canvas
- signed, lower left: "CHAS. C. CURRAN 88"
- 21.6 × 29.2 cm (8 1/2 × 11 1/2 in.)
- Bequest of Kate L. Brewster