Jacopo Confortini (1602 - 1672)

Study of a Standing Male Nude: Saint Sebastian Sold

Black chalk, with stumping, on buff paper.
419 x 243 mm. (16 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.)

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A fine and characteristic example of Jacopo Confortini’s vigorous, confident draughtsmanship, the present sheet is unrelated to any surviving work by the artist. Nevertheless, like almost all of his drawings, this large sheet was almost certainly a study for a figure - probably a Saint Sebastian - in a painting or fresco. In its scale and finish, this drawing is typical of Confortini’s practice of making preparatory studies for each of the individual figures in his paintings, a trait he shared with most Florentine artists of the period. Among stylistically comparable drawings in black chalk by the artist is a study for a figure of Christ in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Provenance:
Jacques Petithory, Paris (Lugt 4138), his mark stamped once on the recto and twice on the verso
Mathias Polakovits, Paris (Lugt 3561)
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 28 January 1998, lot 17
Private collection, Tallahassee, Florida, until 2012.

Literature:
Catherine Monbeig Goguel, ‘Note sur Confortini’, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 1977, p.109, fig.4.

Jacopo CONFORTINI

Study of a Standing Male Nude: Saint Sebastian

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