Sep 20, 2010
Feb 6, 2012

Sketches of Five Arms and a Head (verso)

Sketches of Five Arms and a Head (verso)

mid 1500s

Part of a set. See all set records

Luzio Romano

(Italian, active 1528–75)

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, and charcoal underdrawing

Support: Beige(1) laid paper

Sheet: 31.6 x 21.6 cm (12 7/16 x 8 1/2 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1925.1190.b



Luzio Romano’s drawing of arms and a head were made from a flayed body (a cadaver with its skin removed). The triangle placed over the facial profile points to the Renaissance artist’s interest in geometry and to the idea that the human body is the primary model of perfect proportions.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.