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David, c. 1526-1533

Francesco Salviati
Italian, 1510 - 1563
pen and brown ink over black chalk on beige laid paper
41.7 x 27.8 cm
Purchased 2005 with the support of The National Gallery of Canada Foundation Renaissance Ball Patrons, for the Gallery's 125th Anniversary
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41486)

Formerly attributed to Bandinelli, this drawing is in fact by his student Salviati. Here Salviati was emulating a specific type of Bandinelli sketch featuring a solitary and monumental male nude in a dynamic pose, but with a looser technique. It is conceivable that drawings like this were executed as virtuoso exercises, without a specific purpose, as the artist sought to refine his touch. His technique is unparalleled in the period for its sheer assurance, bordering on the purely calligraphic. This drawing of a standing male nude is of additional interest because it is based on Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the "David".

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