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Écorché (Figure Study of Musculature)

Daniel Huntington

American Art

In this suite of three drawings, Daniel Huntington rendered the idealized male figure—based on an ancient Greek sculpture of a dancing faun that he most likely knew from a plaster cast—in progressively complete anatomical states. Using different colored media and a combination of crisp outlines and soft hatchings, the artist rendered the human form with great precision and sensitivity to the distinct properties of skin, muscle, and bone. As a group, these sheets provide a virtuoso demonstration of the academic principle that an understanding of anatomy is fundamental to figural representation.
MEDIUM Red, brown, white, and black crayon with graphite underdrawing on blue-green, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1848
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 21 3/4 x 14 15/16 in. (55.2 x 37.9 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Roebling Society
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Daniel Huntington (American, 1816–1906). Écorché (Figure Study of Musculature), ca. 1848. Red, brown, white, and black crayon with graphite underdrawing on blue-green, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet: 21 3/4 x 14 15/16 in. (55.2 x 37.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society, 68.167.4 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 68.167.4_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 68.167.4_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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