A muscular young male nude, seen in profile from the left, sits on a rock in a vaguely suggested outdoor setting.
By producing such finely painted studies of nudes, Ubaldo and Gaetano Gandolfi, the leading artists of eighteenth-century Bologna, perfected their skills at representing human anatomy. The brothers and their followers produced many similar paintings and numerous drawn studies of nudes as a fundamental part of their artistic training and practice. Here the model adopts a seated pose that creates an interesting articulation of limbs and muscles through the interplay of passages of light and shadow. Undoubtedly painted in a studio, the interior walls are dissolved into a hazy outdoor setting.
Wood stick with dark smooth patina; shows six registers or symbols carved into it, from top to bottom: closed fist; rifle; wisdom knot; powder keg; femake figure with hands covering breasts and genitals; paddle.
A ceremonial rendering of an ordinary chewing stick used to clean teeth and gums; they were beautifully carved and important objects of display in Fante girls’ puberty rites. During the public phase of the ceremony, pubescent girls marched in front of onlookers, holding one end of the chewing stick their mouths. Ceremnial chewing sticks are icongraphically rich. Each one bears a different combination of symbols that refers broadly to the initiate’s transition to womanhood.
Inscribed upper right: In Eglise de Moissac Inscribed l.l.: Font in S. Euroult Montfort Inscription lower right corner: this museum is one of the most complete in collection of casts in existance especially the Medieval periods of work are well represented
Ink sketches depict a large female profile in the upper left corner facing right, a female head in the lower center, a smaller female head in the right center facing upwards, and a smaller female profile in the left center facing downwards. There is empty space in upper right quadrant.
This sheet, cut from a larger sheet, features a study of a woman’s face in profile in the upper left. Her hair is bound. A nearly frontal view of another woman’s face is at the center bottom of the sheet. She looks down to her left and wears a jeweled headpiece or crown. Three other smaller and more lightly sketched heads also appear on the sheet, two along the left edge and one on the right.
The heads are all lightly drawn with a finesse characteristic of della Bella, one of the most talented and prolific draftsmen and printmakers of the seventeenth century.