Sleeping Youth

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  • Sleeping Youth
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Title

Sleeping Youth
View: View from front

Subject

human figure; nude

Description

The sculpture was inspired by that of the Hellenistic Dying Gaul (Roman copy, ca. 1st century BCE; Rome, Mus. Capitolino), yet it was also studied from life and shows a specific state of mind. The boy, recumbent and asleep, may represent both innocence and relaxation. His smooth face, firm chest and bony limbs are the attributes of his tender years, while his closed eyes, the head leaning on the right arm, the dreamy face, and the drooping hands invoke an atmosphere of withdrawal and tranquillity. It is not clear whether the figure was destined to form part of a sculptural group, and it has been suggested that it was prepared as a model for the young soldier in the Resurrection (Florence, Bargello), a polychrome terracotta relief associated either with Verrocchio or his workshop.

Creator

Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian sculptor, 1435-1488)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

ca. 1477-1480 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

terracotta
36 cm (height) x 58 cm (length)

Type

sculpture (visual work)

Identifier

leon039x.jpg

Coverage

Bode Museum (Berlin, Berlin (state), Germany); Am Kupfergraben 1
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian sculptor, 1435-1488), “Sleeping Youth,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2881.

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