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Baccio Bandinelli (1493-1560)

Recto: A study of two male nudes. Verso: A head of a man c. 1545

RCIN 990394

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Bandinelli trained as a painter before devoting himself to sculpture, and unlike most sculptors of his day he was a prolific draughtsman. His pen technique, a patchwork of parallel hatching and cross-hatching, was conceived in emulation of Michelangelo’s. This imposing drawing shows none of the idealisation seen in many of Bandinelli’s portraits, and may have been an informal study of an acquaintance. No. 21