Caryatid

Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884 - 1920

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
c. 1912-1914

Medium:
Blue crayon over graphite on beige wove paper

Dimensions:
Sheet: 24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1950-134-150

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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This drawing, a preparatory sketch for a sculpture, is one of a series of caryatids Modigliani created between 1912 and 1914. Unlike their classical precursors, which were always draped in long robes, Modigliani's caryatids are nude. The artist referred to them as "columns of tenderness" and planned to incorporate them into an imaginary "temple of beauty." Only one of the sculptures, now in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, was ever completed.