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Francesco Salviati

David

c. 1526-1533
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".
Title
David
Date
c. 1526-1533
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink over black chalk on beige laid paper
Dimensions
41.7 x 27.8 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 2005 with the support of The National Gallery of Canada Foundation Renaissance Ball Patrons, for the Gallery's 125th Anniversary
Accession number
41486

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