The extreme detail and polish of this signed drawing confirms that it is not the common product of a day's preparations in the studio but is instead a demonstration piece—a virtuoso example of the artist's skill as a draftsman. Pompeo Batoni's achievements as a draftsman are less well known than his religious and mythological paintings or his many portraits of foreign visitors to Rome and on their Grand Tour of Italy. But Batoni was famous among his contemporaries for his ability to draw, and his drawings today are equally highly esteemed.


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Artist
Pompeo Batoni, Italian (Roman), 1708–1787
Title
Academic Nude
Date
1765
Medium
Charcoal heightened with black and white chalk on blue-grey paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 21 1/4 × 15 9/16 in. (54 × 39.5 cm) Mount: 22 7/8 × 17 11/16 in. (58.2 × 45 cm)
Credit Line

The Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
94.1050
Classification
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Provenance

(Cromer Antique Gallery,Norfolk,U.K.); Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III, 1957; MFAH, 1994.