The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860) Seated Male Nude - Pen and Ink Drawing ... ca. 1810-20

Our friend at La Portantina di Mattia Jona, Milan, Italy has just posted his new aquisitions. This nice pen and ink Male Nude caught my eye. Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860) was an Italian architect, portrait painter, furniture designer and collector. He started his training early and by the age of 20 he was collaborating with Antonio Basoli in Bologna. He attended the evening drawing sessions at the home of the Italian engraver Frencesco Rosaspina. In 1802 he studied at the Bolognese Accademia. In 1806, he moved to Rome, continuing his studies at the Accademia de San Luca under Camuccini. In 1815, he moved to Milan, where he remained until 1832. During his residence in Milan he established a private school of painting and architecture. He was elected to the Brera Academy. In 1832 he was employed by then King Carlo Alberto to direct the decoration of the royal residences. (Thanks to Matta Jona for the illustration and biography of the artist)

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