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Perseus

circa 1550
16th century
28.5 cm x 16.3 cm (11 1/4 in. x 6 7/16 in.)

Luca Cambiaso (Moneglia, Italy, 1527 - 1585, El Escorial, Spain) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Pen and brown ink with traces of black chalk on cream antique laid paper...
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.969

Typical of drawings around 1550, the Perseus is characterized by tremendous energy and incomplete resolution. Its powerful, Michelangesque forms are still awkward in their construction and incomplete in their foreshortening. Meanwhile, with the basic language derived from Perino del Vaga, there are signs of a personal calligraphy, like the remarkable abbreviation in Perseus's lower legs. Around this time Luca and his father were decorating several palace facades with mythological subjects. This drawing was probably a preparatory study.

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