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Attributed to Lodovico Cardi, called Il Cigoli

(Italian, 1559–1613)

Anatomical Study of a Leg

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Artist

Attributed to Lodovico Cardi, called Il Cigoli

Medium

Pen and ink on laid paper

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (29.2 x 16.5 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired through the Membership Purchase Fund

Object
Number

76.104.005

Whether this study records a living model or a cadaver is difficult to tell. However, drawings like (…)

Whether this study records a living model or a cadaver is difficult to tell. However, drawings like this one indicate the prevalence of anatomical study in later sixteenth century Italy. Since 1563 and the foundation of the Florentine Drawing Academy (the first of its kind in Europe), aspiring artists had been required to attend an annual dissection in homage to the great Michelangelo who had famously learned the finer points of drawing from studying cadavers.Il Cigoli was a prominent artist and architect in Florence, credited with creating the first wax anatomical model of the human body in 1598: a half life-sized figure shown without its skin and based on the dissection of cadavers. Cigoli believed that both students and full-fledged artists should routinely study anatomy and incorporate naturalistic effects into their art. (“Undressed: The Nude in Context, 1500-1750,” text by Andrew C. Weislogel and presented at the Johnson Museum February 9-June 16, 2019)

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