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Study for “A Sleeping Shepherd”

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Study for “A Sleeping Shepherd”

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Louis-Claude Vassé
French, 1716–1772

Date

ca. 1745

Medium

Terracotta

Accession #

2000.210

Dimensions

12 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 6 11/16 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 208

Description

This terra-cotta is believed to be a sketch for a marble in the Louvre titled A Sleeping Shepherd. Although the arm positions differ and a staff has been added in the marble version, there are strong correspondences in the figure’s sensual, relaxed pose and unusual backward tilt of his head.

In line with academic training at the time, sculptors commonly created terra-cotta sketches such as this directly from nude models, which resulted in a freshness and immediacy that often were lost during the translation into marble.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein