Clemente BOCCIARDO (1600 - 1658)

A Male Nude Kneeling on a Rock, His Arms Raised Sold

Black chalk, heightened with touches of white chalk, on light brown paper, laid down on a 17th or 18th century Italian mount.
Inscribed di Clemente Bocciardi do il Clementone in brown ink in the lower margin of the mount.
400 x 276 mm. (15 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.)


Drawings by Clemente Bocciardo are extremely rare. A self-portrait in red and black chalk, part of an extensive series of drawn portraits and self-portraits of artists assembled by the 18th century Florentine collector and historian Niccolò Gabburri, is today in the British Museum. A pair of drawings of pastoral and mythological subjects in the Louvre, of a particularly Castiglionesque nature, have been tentatively attributed to Bocciardo.

This large drawing has the appearance of having been drawn from a posed model, and as such may be related to Bocciardo’s establishment of a school of life drawing in his Genoese studio in the later 1630’s. However, the way in which the figure is drawn, with its strong echoes of contemporary Florentine draughtsmanship of the period, would argue in favour of a later date in the 1640’s or 1650’s, when the artist was working in Tuscany. The distinctive 17th or 18th century Florentine mount that surrounds the sheet, and its likely provenance from a Florentine collection, would further suggest that the drawing may date from Bocciardo’s later years.

An anonymous 17th or 18th century Florentine collection, possibly that of Giuseppe Santini, Florence
Comte Eugène d’Oultremont, Chateau de Presles, Aiseau-Presle, Belgium, and thence by descent until 1985
Anonymous sale (‘The Property of a Nobleman’), London, Christie’s, 12 December 1985, lot 217
Margot Gordon, New York, in 1990.


A Male Nude Kneeling on a Rock, His Arms Raised


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