• Study of a Nude Man

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    black chalk, sanguine, white chalk
    Dimensions:
    30х19,5 cm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Study of a Nude Man

Flanders, 1635–1640

This life study of an elderly male nude dates from the second half of the 1630s. In that period the artist often made use of staged studies of models in various poses that he drew in a combination of black chalk, sanguine and white chalk. They all stand out for the exceptional subtlety in the modelling of shapes using light cross-hatching and are marked by a striving to reproduce the colouring of the human body by graphic means alone. This work is impressive for its persuasiveness and the realism in the observation of the subject. The specific purpose of this drawing remains unknown. Judging by the pose and the type, it might have been connected with the artist’s development of the image of Jupiter in one of his versions of a painting on the subject of Mercury and Jupiter in the House of Philemon and Baucis.

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Study of a Nude Man

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black chalk, sanguine, white chalk

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30х19,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1924; donation by Vorobiev

Inventory Number:

ОР-14234

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