Plaster; 31 1/2 x 18 1/8 x 26 3/4 in. (80 x 46 x 68 cm). Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova, Possagno, Italy.
It was a common practice for sculptors to produce anatomical models of figures in the nude, even if in the final sculpture they were to be shown clothed. To study various parts of the body Canova had a model pose in his studio, seated on cushion on top of a stool. He was particularly interested in the balance of the bodies extremities — the position of the legs; the relationship of the outstretched arms to the head.