study of male animal's genitals, in red chalk; labeled on sheet in blue ink: H.83; mounted on sheet with 3 other small drawings--further drawings have been removed; other drawings present are labeled on the sheet in blue ink: H.82, H.84, H.85; see also L2009.52.67a,c,d

Study of Male Genitals, 17th century

Red chalkexpand_more

Gift of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collectionexpand_more  2009.53.65b

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This album page, with a group of chalk studies, was put together some time in the 17th century, most likely in Italy judging from the paper. It comes from a larger album that was broken up in the late 1970s and sold at auction. At this sale, four of the studies from this sheet had already been removed, where there are traces of pink adhesive. The album contained many drawings by the great Roman master, Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavaliere d'Arpino, suggesting that the drawings were collected and brought together by one of Cesari's students. The study of the bearded man and the veiled young woman on the album page have been accepted as autograph works of Cavaliere d'Arpino by Herwarth Röttgen, the art historian who has written most extensively on this artist. This study of male genitals, instead, might be by an artist in Cesari's circle.

Details
Title
Study of Male Genitals
Artist Life
Italian (Rome), 1568 - 1640
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2009.53.65b
Provenance
Sale, Christie's, London, April 15, 1980, as "Property of a Gentleman," lot 53, as workshop of Cavaliere d'Arpino, with 2009.53.64a-c to McCrindle; Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (until d. 2008); Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation (2008-2009; gave to MIA)
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study of male animal's genitals, in red chalk; labeled on sheet in blue ink: H.83; mounted on sheet with 3 other small drawings--further drawings have been removed; other drawings present are labeled on the sheet in blue ink: H.82, H.84, H.85; see also L2009.52.67a,c,d