Domenico Beccafumi / River Gods / c. 1535Domenico Beccafumi
River Gods
c. 1535

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Creator Name: Beccafumi, Domenico
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1484 - 1551
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Cortine, in Valdiviana Montaperti
Creator Death Place: Siena
Creator Name-CRT: Domenico Beccafumi
Title: River Gods
Title Type: Former
Title: Two Reclining Male Nudes
Title Type: alternate
Title: Three Reclining Male Nudes
Title Type: Exhibition
Title: Study for Moses and the Israelites Drinking
Title: Three Male Nudes
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1530
Creation End Date: 1540
Creation Date: c. 1535
Creation Start Date: 1540
Creation End Date: 1547
Creation Date: c. 1540-1547
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: black chalk or charcoal (stumped in places), with traces of brush and black chalk wash, heightened with white; incised, framing lines in black chalk or charcoal (top and bottom), on light brown laid paper (discolored), laid down on a secondary support (not visible), laid on a tertiary support of laid paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 23.2cm x 41.7cm, Secondary Support: 23.2cm x 41.9cm, Tertiary Support: 24.8cm x 42.7cm
Inscriptions: tertiary support, along bottom, in brown ink: Becco Fumi, il Mecarino da Siena. 1404-1549 Domenico Beccafumi; lower right, in brown ink: from vol P. [1?]2.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1958.313
Credit Line: Delia E. Holden Fund
Provenance: The Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery; [his sale, Sotheby's, London, 10 July 1917, lot 511 (lot included Madonna Ascending to Heaven by Simone Cantarini; sold to Moore according to Cleveland 1979)]; Archibald George Blomefield Russel (Lugt 2770a, lower center, in black ink); [his sale, Sotheby's, London, 9 June 1955, lot 1 (repr.)]; A. Scharf, London (according to Cleveland 1979).

Chiaroscuro drawing, a common technique in the 1500s, is usually done on a medium toned sheet with dark colors indicating the outlines and shadows and white pigment used for the highlights. Prints imitating these drawings were popular at the time.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1958.313
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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