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Franco, Battista (called Il Semolei)
Study of a Reclining Male Nude with a Mask and Another Figure Study of a Reclining Male Nude with a Mask and Another Figure
around 1536 around 1536

The Venetian-born Battista Franco began his artistic education by studying not the tradition of his native city, but that of rivals Rome and Florence. He made many pen-and-ink sketches of figures from the works of great artists to be seen in these cities, much like contemporaries Francesco Salviati and Giorgio Vasari. His source for this pose may have been the figure of Adam in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling, or one of Michelangelo’s sculptures for the unfinished Tomb of Lorenzo de Medici, which also include masks, as does this sheet. It may have been produced in preparation for one of several decorative projects for Triumphal entries on which the artist worked in 1536. Otherwise it is perhaps simply an independent drawing made during this same period, during which Franco showed a particularly strong interest in the work of Michelangelo.

 
Franco, Battista (called Il Semolei)
Venice, Italy 1510-Venice, Italy 1561 Venice, Italy 1510-Venice, Italy 1561
Study of a Reclining Male Nude with a Mask and Another Figure Study of a Reclining Male Nude with a Mask and Another Figure
around 1536 around 1536
pen and brown ink on paper pen and brown ink on paper
height / width: 16.1 cm x 28.9 cm
Purchase, funds donated by Frances K. Smith, 2001 Purchase, funds donated by Frances K. Smith, 2001
44-011

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