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Nude male figure (after Michelangelo's Last Judgment)
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Nude male figure (after Michelangelo's Last Judgment)

Attributed to Pablo de Céspedes (1538-1608)

Pen and brown ink on paper

Width: 9.2 cm; Height: 15.6 cm;

In dark brown ink, top right & recto, 17th century hand, Cespedes //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Michelangelo’s work was pivotal for sixteenth-century Spanish artists. This study of a damned figure tumbling headlong into hell is closely related to his Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. The humanist and artist Céspedes, who lived in Italy from about 1558 to 1576, may have copied a drawing (now lost) by Michelangelo rather than the fresco, as suggested by differences in the position of the figure as well as the miniature size and exceedingly fine modelling of the drawing. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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