17th Century BOLOGNESE SCHOOL
Studies of a Reclining Male Nude, Seen from Behind with One Arm Raised, and a Man Grimacing in Pain
Numbered 79 in red chalk on the verso.
326 x 218 mm. (12 7/8 x 8 1/2 in.)
The drawing bears the distinctive collector’s mark of the classical archaeologist, scholar and collector Ludwig Pollak (1868-c.1943). Born in Prague, Pollak earned a doctorate in Vienna in 1893 and later that year settled in Rome, where he was to live and work for the remainder of his career as an art dealer and consultant in ancient art. Pollak was deported from Rome by the Gestapo in October 1943 and is presumed to have died in a concentration camp. His collection of drawings, now widely dispersed, numbered around 3,000 sheets in total.
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 2 July 1991, lot 277.