Jean Baptiste Carpeaux / Study for the Sculpture Ugolino and His Children / 1860Jean Baptiste Carpeaux
Study for the Sculpture Ugolino and His Children

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Creator Name: Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French; 1827-1875
Creator Name-CRT: Jean Baptiste Carpeaux
Title: Study for the Sculpture Ugolino and His Children
Title Type: preferred
Title: Study
Title Type: alternate
Title: Study for Ugolino
Title: Final Published Work: Ugolino and His Sons, sculpture, 1861
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1860
Creation End Date: 1860
Creation Date: 1860
Creation Place: Europe,France
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: gouache
Classification Term: Drawing
Classification Term: Prints and Drawings
Materials and Techniques: Pen and brown and black ink, and gray and white gouache, over graphite, on tan card prepared with a brown wash, laid down on white wove card.
Dimensions: 624 x 479 mm
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1963.264
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Regenstein Collection
Context: Carpeaux was a resident student at the French Academy in Rome from 1856 to 1862 and became deeply impressed by the sculpture of Michelangelo. In spite of the objections of the Academy, he sought approval of this sculptural composition, which was to make his fame. As recounted in Dante's "Inferno," count Ugolino, arrested for treason and imprisoned in a tower to starve to death, devoured his children. This magnificent drawing probably served as the maquette that Carpeaux took to Paris to gain support for the project.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1963.264
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 2000

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