previously attributed to Jacopo Palma the Younger (Italian, Venice ca. 1548–1628 Venice)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over red chalk
10 1/16 x 6 5/8in. (25.5 x 16.8cm)
Bequest of Harry G. Sperling, 1971
Not on view
Traditionally attributed to Jacopo Palma the Younger (ca. 1548-1628), this sheet was conceived by Jacopo Franco as a design for an illustration his popular drawing manuals "De excellentia and nobilitate delineationis libri duo" (The excellency and nobility of the line, where it appears on plate 24) and "Regole per imparar a disegnar il corpo humano" (Rules to Learn How to Draw the Human Body), both published in Venice in 1611. It presents a series of anatomical studies of gesticulating hands, arms, and shoulders, likely drawn from a live male model, to be used in preparation for paintings or for drawing exercise. A successful publisher and engraver, Franco was also a talented designer, as proven by this tour de force of draftsmanship that combines hybrid, undulating motifs against a warmly washed background.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower right, "Palma;" on verso in graphite, "15."
Harry G. Sperling; Donor: Harry G. Sperling
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2016–January 30, 2017.
Stefania Mason Rinaldi "Dal disegno all'incisione. Palma il Giovane e Giacomo Franco compari e collaboratori." Arte Veneta. vol. 70, 2013 [but published in 2015], 2013, pp. 85-90, fig. 15.
Catherine Whistler "Learning to Draw in Venice: The Role of Drawings Manuals" Rethinking Renaissance Drawings. Ed. by Una Roman, 2013, pp. 14-15, 23, fig. 6.