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Conca, Sebastiano
The Birth of the Virgin; (verso: Standing Male Nude) The Birth of the Virgin; (verso: Standing Male Nude)
1730s 1730s

A student in Naples of Francesco Solimena, Conca moved to Rome around 1706. There, he absorbed the classicising models of Raphael, Michelangelo and the Carracci, and developed a lyrical style indebted to Carlo Maratti. As a painter, Conca enjoyed great success in Rome for the next four decades; as founder of the Accademia del Nudo in 1710, his teaching influenced such young artists as Pompeo Batoni and Anton Mengs, reaching thus into the first generation of Neoclassicists.

Conca returned frequently to his birthplace in The Marches in central Italy. This chalk study is related to a 1741 altarpiece in the Madonna della Misericordia Basilica in Macerata, a regional centre.

 
Conca, Sebastiano
Gaeta, Italy 1680-Naples, Italy 1764 Gaeta, Italy 1680-Naples, Italy 1764
The Birth of the Virgin; (verso: Standing Male Nude) The Birth of the Virgin; (verso: Standing Male Nude)
1730s 1730s
red chalk on paper red chalk on paper
height / width: 41.80 x 31.10 cm; 16.45 x 12.24 in.
Gift of Bayside Lakeshore Properties Ltd., Montreal, 1998 Gift of Bayside Lakeshore Properties Ltd., Montreal, 1998
41-018.69

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