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Nina Overbeck - Study for the Figure of Ruth, 1818
Johann Friedrich Overbeck German, 1789
graphite on wove paper 22.2 x 21.1 cm Purchased 2007
National Gallery of Canada (no. 42058r)
In this drawing, Overbeck’s new wife Nina models for the drawing "Ruth and Boas", which the artist sent from Rome to his parents in Lübeck so they could see what she looked like. On the back is a study for the allegorical figure "Jerusalem Delivered" for the Casino Massimo. Both demonstrate Overbeck’s precision and directness when working from the live model.