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Foreshortened figure in the Battle of Cascina
Naldini, Giovanni Battista (Attributed to)
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Naldini, Giovanni Battista (Attributed to)

Fiesole, 1537 - Florence, 1591

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Foreshortened figure in the Battle of Cascina

XVI century. Red chalk on grey paper. Not on display

This badly damaged copy is after the foreshortened man who reaches down to rescue a drowning comrade in the so-called Bathers group in Michelangelo´s lost cartoon of the Battle of Cascina. The appearance of the group is preserved in a grisaille copy by Aristotile da San Gallo (1481-1551) in the collection of the Earl of Leicester at Holkham Hall. The Prado drawing is more likely to be an indirect than a direct copy from Michelangelo´s cartoon, which was dismembered at some time during the second decade of the cinquecento. The pose of this nude soldier was memorable, and Michelangelo himself reused it, in reserve, in the Last Judgement, for an angle who leans over front of a cloud, his right hand stretched down, to assist a soul floating upwards towards him.

The drawing is too abraded to judge the identity of its author, thought the dark-brick coloring of the chalk suggests a Florentine from the following of Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530), probably working in the 1540s or 1550s. Among the most likely candidates is Giovanni Battista Naldini (c. 1537-1591), whose name is here very tentatively proposed as the copyist.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracc: a century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Virginia, Art Services International, 2008, p.318

Technical data

Inventory number
D001734
Author
Naldini, Giovanni Battista (Attributed to)
Title
Foreshortened figure in the Battle of Cascina
Date
XVI century
Technique
Red chalk
Support
Grey paper
Dimension
Height: 330 mm.; Width: 257 mm.

Bibliography +

Turner, Nicholas y Joannides, Paul, Some drawings by Michelangelo and his circle in the Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXI, 2003, pp. 18.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 318.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracc: a century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Virginia, 2008, pp. 318.

Other inventories +

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 917.

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Update date: 06-04-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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