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    Sale 2237

    The Scholars Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part I

    27 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    Donato Creti (Cremona 1671-1749 Bologna)

    A male nude, seated, leaning back on an urn, with subsidiary studies of a woman on a cloud, and studies of a woman's and a child's head; and A seated man with a dog and a subsidiary study of a male head drawn on the back of a letter, by the same hand

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    Donato Creti (Cremona 1671-1749 Bologna)
    A male nude, seated, leaning back on an urn, with subsidiary studies of a woman on a cloud, and studies of a woman's and a child's head; and A seated man with a dog and a subsidiary study of a male head drawn on the back of a letter, by the same hand
    numbered '1*'
    pen and brown ink
    7½ x 10¼ in. (191 x 260 mm.); and 4 5/8 x 3 5/8 in. (117 x 91 mm.)
    2 (2)


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    The drawing of a male nude is related to Creti's overdoor painting (fig. 1) of A River God though with slight variations to the figure's pose (Riccòmini and Bernardini, p. 73). In the painting the urn rests on the ground next to the boulder that the god is sitting on, so that his right arm is lower while his left arm is higher as it rests on a staff. Creti repeated this figure in another painting, Achilles plunged into the Styx and a corresponding bozzetto as well as in the foreground of The allegorical tomb of the Marchiones of Wharton.

    Literature

    E. Riccòmini and C. Bernardini, eds., exhib. cat., Donato Creti: Melancholy and Perfection, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998, p. 72 (1).


    Exhibited

    Binghamton, University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Binghamton, and elsewhere, Drawings from the Held Collection, 1970, no. 117 (1).