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The trunk of an écorché seen from the back. Red-chalk drawing, 17th century.

Cigoli, Ludovico Cardi da, 1559-1613.

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A study of Lodovico Cigoli's écorché model, known as La bella notomia, or Lo scorticato, a fuller view of which is seen in another drawing in the same group, Wellcome Library catalogue no. 38055i. It is a detail of the same view seen in Wellcome Library catalogue nos 37939i and 38014i. The original wax model was produced by Cigoli around 1600 in Florence, with casts made from it soon after in bronze and plaster. The figure met with great popularity in its own time and casts have continued to be produced subsequently

Physical description

1 drawing : red chalk

Publications note

Lawrence Price Amerson, Jr. The problem of the écorché: a catalogue raisonné of models and statuettes from the sixteenth century and later periods, Ph.D. dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1975, nos 6-12, pp. 153-181

Volker Krahn, ed. Von allen Seiten schön: Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock, exhibition catalogue, Skulpturensammlung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin; Preui̊cher Kulturbesitz im Alten Museum, Berlin 1995, no. 124

Zofia Ameisenowa, The problem of the écorché and the three anatomical models in the Jagiellonian Library, tr. Andrzej Potocki, Wrocław 1963, p. 55, fig. 34

Roberto Paolo Ciardi and Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, eds, Immagini anatomiche e naturalistiche nei disegni degli Uffizi: secc. XVI e XVII, exhibition catalogue, Gabinetto disegni e stampe degli Uffizi, lx, Florence 1984, no. 41, figs 38-39


Wellcome Library no. 38019i

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By an Italian hand


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