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.
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
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