Mar 7, 2013
Oct 28, 2008

Two Male Nudes

Two Male Nudes


Louis de Boullogne

(French, 1654–1733)

Black chalk, heightened with white chalk

Support: Gray laid paper

Overall: 58.4 x 41.9 cm (23 x 16 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.339



Michelangelo’s masterful rendering of the male nude set the standard for many generations of artists studying in academies across Europe. Life drawings (made from nude models) became so essential to an artist’s training at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris (founded in 1648 by Louis XIV) that finished drawings like these were commonly called academies.

Louis de Boullogne served as a professor of life drawing at the Royal Academy between 1694 and 1715. This work reflects the common practice of drawing from two models, which allowed artists to explore a narrative. Here the figures resemble a wounded warrior and his companion.

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