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

Monday, November 15, 2010

Italian School - Pen & Ink drawing - Nude Youth 1869

(Color Scan)

This nice 19th century Italian School pen and ink drawing of a male nude appeared on an auction site this morning. It is signed and dated (1869) but the signature is illegible. The young model appears to be holding a bronze of "Winged Victory" adding a classical feature to the composition. That wild curly hair on his head reminds me of Pontormo. The paper appears to be badly acid stained (above illustration in color) and I know from personal experience that removal of acid stains from paper by a trained professional paper conservator starts at three hundred fifty dollars. Whether it is worth the initial investment and the fees involved with restoration is another matter. It is still a nice nude study. Enjoy.

Caption: Standing Male Nude Youth
Artist: Unknown, Italian School (Signed by signature illegible)
Material: Pen & Ink on Paper
Dated: 1869

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