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Study of a Pleated Skirt

Hans Brosamerabout 1530 - 1540

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The surprising truncated effect of this drawing, in which a pleated skirt illogically stands on its own, indicates that Hans Brosamer probably drew it on a live model and simply omitted the body. As this drapery study does not relate to any known painting or print by Brosamer, he probably drew it for his own interest and practical experience.

Brosamer's practice of drawing objects from life and his use of contemporary clothing as subject matter show that he was abreast of the artistic trends of his own period. At the same time, his tendency to treat individual pieces of drapery as self-contained outlined forms illustrates his delight in the complex folds of cloth alone. In a closely hatched style, Brosamer detailed not only the intricate pleated effect of the folds but also the bunching pattern as it hits the ground.

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  • Title: Study of a Pleated Skirt
  • Creator: Hans Brosamer
  • Date: about 1530 - 1540
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.7 x 14.9 cm (7 3/4 x 5 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and black ink
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 92.GA.2
  • Markings: (Verso) collection marks of K. E. von Liphart (L. 1687) and R. von Liphart (L. 1758).
  • Inscription: On the verso, inscribed at the top in graphite, "App. Au Prince No. 45", and, at the center, "les trois dessins, 3 ensemble".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Drawings

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