Manos. Siete (3, 1, 2, 1), la primera empuna un palo [Seven Hands, the First Holding a Staff], plate 49 from the Principios para estudiar el nobilismo y real Arte de la Pintura [Principles for Studying the Most Noble and High Art of Painting]
27.1 cm x 19.5 cm (10 11/16 in. x 7 11/16 in.)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2006
This study of hands belongs to a series that was intended as a primer for painters. Such manuals first appeared in early seventeenth-century Italy and soon became a standard accessory in European academies and studios. Hidalgo, a painter who had studied in Rome with the leading academic painter Carlo Maratta, was the first Spanish artist to undertake such a project. His series, however, was never published, and there exist only a few impressions of each plate.