Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Study for the Modeling Stand of the Ugolino Group, ca. 1860
Jean–Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827–1875)
Pen and brown ink; 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 in. (17.1 x 12.4 cm)
Images and text from The met Museum

Carpeaux drew this in preparation for a modeling stand to be used in the creation of his fifth-year project at the French Academy in Rome, Ugolino and His Sons (1861). It includes a finalized design of the pyramidal sculpture. The wooden modeling stand was constructed to hold the clay version of the group from which a plaster cast was made. The stand's top was designed with an embedded rotating circle, allowing the sculptor to turn the piece and view and work on the group from various angles.
 Ugolino and His Sons


 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

March 10–May 26, 2014

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