When Daniel Huntington made this drawing, he was a highly regarded painter in New York’s cultural world. Portraiture was his dominant output, but here his technical expertise as a draftsman is evident. Skeleton Study is based on the figure of a dancing male faun from a Hellenistic sculpture. Knowing the correct structure of the skeleton underlying the body’s flesh is central to anatomical drawing and a key principle in the academic tradition.
Black and red crayon and white chalk on beige, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper
Sheet: 20 3/16 x 10 3/8 in. (51.3 x 26.4 cm) (show scale)
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Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). Skeleton Study, ca. 1848. Black and red crayon and white chalk on beige, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet: 20 3/16 x 10 3/8 in. (51.3 x 26.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society, 68.167.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 68.167.3_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
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