nude woman holding a child on her knees in front of standing man, indicated by his leg
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Suzanne Folds McCullagh, class of 1973, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago:
This potent small drawing is a first thought for David’s monumental painting of The Sabine Women painted in 1799 (below). Having been abducted by Roman men, the Sabine women successfully intervened when the Sabine army attacked Rome in revenge. The woman depicted here is Hersilia, wife of Romulus, who stands between her husband on the left, and Tatius, her father, leader of the Sabine army on the right. The abstracted female form is rendered totally exposed, juxtaposed against the powerfully delineated calf of a male figure, seemingly drawn from life.
men; women; children; nudes; anatomy
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