Giovanni Battista Naldini


At once strikingly naturalistic and elegantly stylized, this drawing is a brilliant example of Florentine draftsmanship in the late sixteenth century. The carefully posed serpentine figure, whose elongated arms are arranged as if to hold an invisible musical instrument, is probably a studio model or garzone

Giovanni Battista Naldini
Italian, 1535–1591
Study of a seated youth, ca. 1575
Black chalk, with touches of white chalk, squared in red chalk
Richard and Mary L. Gray, promised gift to the Morgan Library & Museum
Gray Collection Trust, Art Institute of Chicago
Photography by Jamie Stukenberg, Professional Graphics Inc.