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Plate I-63 The Belvedere Torso, front view
Plate I-63 The Belvedere Torso, front view
Plate I-63 The Belvedere Torso, front view

Plate I-63 The Belvedere Torso, front view

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Litographie by Charles Bargue of the sculpture of the Torso of the Belvedere after a drawing by J.-J.-A. Lecomte du Noüy. The torso is located in the Cortile del Belvedere of the Pio-Clementino museum, Vatican.
This Sculpture has always fascinated the artists. It represents a man in a seated position, which in a forward twisting movement reveals the powerful muscles of the torso.
It is one of the most popular models of the Serie I of Charles Bargue's course.

Johann Joachim Winckelmann, archaeologist and art historian, describes the sculpture:

“Although this statue has been severely abused and mutilated, although it is deprived of its head, arms and legs, it retains, in the eyes of those who are able to penetrate the mysteries of art, a part of the dazzling beauty that was once hers. In this depiction of Hercules, the artist gave shape to the lofty ideal of a body superior to nature and manly temperament in the perfection of age, but as if he had been brought up to the stage of divine moderation. "

Lithographed plate, on gray-blue tinted art paper, 350 g, ideal for charcoal copying.

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