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Henry Fuseli (1741 - 1825)

Lot 187: Henry Fuseli, R.A. 1741 - 1825 , a seated male nude recto; A study of lovers with a further study of a woman kneeling and a chess set seen from above verso


June 6, 2007
London, United Kingdom

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pen and brown ink


21.7 by 17.7 cm.; 8 1/2 by 7 in.


Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 9 December 1980, lot 273 (£2,600)


According to Professor David Weinglass, whilst in Rome from 1770-1778, Fuseli `lived under the intoxication of Michelangelo.' The seated nude on the recto of this sheet has clearly been inspired by Michelangelo?s figures in the Sistine Chapel which Fuseli so assiduously committed to memory.

This drawing dates from between 1795-1800 and almost certainly illustrates distinctive contraposto pose of the Prophet Daniel. On observing Michelangelo's image on the Sistine Ceiling, Vasari describes the prophet, 'writing in a great book, copying passages from other writings,' (Roberto Salvini and Ettore Camesasca, The Sistine Chapel, vol. 1, p. 214-215). Fuseli also drew a robed Prophet Daniel with the addition of putto (illustrated in G. Schiff, Johann Heinrich Füssli, 1973, cat. no. 1171).

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