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Anatomy: Michelangelo and his followers


Draughtsman: Flaxman, John


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Method of acquisition: Given (1916-12) by Murray, Charles Fairfax

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Grey ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Leaf Height 230 mm Width 169 mm

Techniques used in production

Handwriting : Pen and grey ink on laid paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 15
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Grey ink
  • Text: 24
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: the following in grey ink: [i] preceding four words crossed through; [ii] preceding four words crossed through: [iii] preceding word crossed through; [iv] preceding ten words crossed through; [v] preceding word crossed through; [vi] preceding word crossed through; [vii] preceding two words crossed through; [viii] preceding six words crossed through; [ix] preceding word crossed through

  • Text: Note / Florentine School Anato / The Artists of the Florentine[i] Artists of the School / of Michael Angelo, Baccio Bandinelli &c some / other[ii] had been used to study oseological & / muscular forms from the dead body[iii] subject with great / accuracy, as the many designs & models of that / age prove[iv] in imitation of their great Master who was the first amongst the modern artists who / studied this branch of science with any very considerable / advantage: but as they possessed less knowledge than him, so / they made a more violent use of it: M:l Angelo / seldom ventur nobe[v] seldom depended on his anatomical / skill only in representing the human figure, the characteres / -stic's[sic] of nature in his works shews[vi] prove how diligently[vii] that he / studied / the living model was studied for each of them[viii] at every step / some of his imitators on the contrary formed their / knowledge of Anatomy into a set of mechanical / rules for designing the human figure without / the use of nature: hence the gener[ix] muscles have / too forcible & equal projection, hence the general / appearance of the [?] bodies & limbs of those figures are like
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Grey ink, the second line only in graphite

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Accession number: 832/7.f.24
Primary reference Number: 38635
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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