Figure Studies (recto); Figure Studies (verso) (Main View (recto))

Federico Barocci

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Federico Barocci applied black and white chalk energetically to describe the body of a man holding a large bowl under one arm. Using assured strokes he captured the man's hunched position as he leans forward, legs bent, balancing the weight of the bowl by leaning to the other side. White chalk lines create texture on his robe as it slips from his shoulders, while softly smudged patches on his shoulders, neck, and face give his body a glistening sheen.

Barocci produced the drawing as a study for a servant in the left corner of a painting. On the verso, another sketch shows the same figure drawn facing the opposite direction. Perhaps Barocci made it when he was contemplating placing the figure at the other side of the composition.


  • Title: Figure Studies (recto); Figure Studies (verso) (Main View (recto))
  • Creator: Federico Barocci
  • Date Created: 1603–1607
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 × 27.1 cm (11 13/16 × 10 11/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black and white chalk, beige chalk on right knee, stylus indentations (recto); Black and white chalk (verso) on blue paper
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.GB.279
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Federico Barocci (Italian, about 1535 - 1612)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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