Girolamo Pompeo BATONI - 1708-1787
Various Studies of a Young Man and his Arm
Roman School

Red chalk

31.6 x 21.1 cm

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Unidentified Collector’s Mark “Qi” (Lugt.4183)



Girolamo Pompeo Batoni, born in Lucca in 1708 Moved to Rome in 1727 where he apprenticed with Agostino Masucci, Sebastiano and/or Francesco Imperiale. Batoni's first major commission was for Count of Baccaresca, a new altarpiece of his family in San Gregorio Magno al Celio, dated to 1739. Due to this altarpiece, Pompeo Batoni received great admiration and other commissions and by 1741 he was inducted into the Accademia di San Luca. His celebrated "Ecstasy of Saint Catherine of Siena" in the Museo di Villa Guingi in Lucca of 1743 illustrates his academic refinement of the late-Baroque style. Another of his masterpieces "The Fall of Simon Magnus" was painted for the St. Peter's Basilica. He was also greatly demanded for portraits, particularly by the British traveling through Rome, which became part of the Grand Tour to have a portrait done by Batoni, of which some 200 exist. His portraits of Joseph II and Leopold II won him the Austrian Nobility as commissioners. Pompeo Batoni died in Rome in 1787.

The present drawing can be compared to other chalk study sheets by Girolamo Pompeo Batoni, such as "The Christ Child Asleep" in the Art Museum at Princeton University (, the "Head of a Draped Female Head and two Studies of a Hand" and the "Study of a Female Head and Studies of an Arm and a Foot" both kept in the Musée des Beaux Arts in Besançon (inv.nos.D.3064, D.2315), the "Allegory in Honor of Pope Benedict XIV" in the Metropolitan Museum in New York (, the "Six Figure Studies" formerly with Philips in London in July of 1999, the "Head of Young Boy and Various Studies of Hands" formerly with Christie's in Paris in 2012, the "Study of a Female Nude and Various Studies of a Hand" formerly with Sotheby's New York in 1999, and the "Various Studies of a Young Boy" formerly with Porro & Co. in November of 2011.

As most of these comparative drawings are dated to the 1740's, a similar dating can also be assigned to the present drawing.


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