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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Unknown 19th Century German Artist: Nude Ephebe With Flute (Nude Boy With Flute)

The 19th century drawing of the nude ephebe holding the flute arrived yesterday. What was supposed to be two drawings turned out to be a double-sided drawing on one piece of paper. The female nude on the reverse side is somewhat problematic in its execution and the paper required some repair on that side, so I had to choose one of them to apply linen archival tape to and the nude ephebe won the battle since the image was not affected. The paper is somewhat fragile and, god-forbid, someone used scotch tape to apply the paper to an obviously acidic mat. That is definitely a very big no-no in the preservation of 19th century paper. Fortunately it does not impinge on the male nude but did effect the drawing on the back. You win some and you lose some. I scanned both drawings for you below.

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