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Early 19th Century
Size: 86cm high – 34 ins high
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 4, item no. 70, and catalogue no. 14, item no. 28, for other examples
The use of the lay figure probably originated in ancient Greece where they assisted the classical sculptors in the posing of bare limbs. However, Vasari maintains it was Fra Bartolomino, the Italian Renaissance artist (1472 – 1517), who first devised a wooden, life size, fully articulated lay figure. Traditionally these three-dimensional sculpted wooden models were used as an ‘aide-mémoire’ for an artist’s two dimensional work, a tradition that was perpetuated in the 20th century animation studios of Walt Disney.