Academy figure

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A transcended academy figure by neoclassical painter Pierre Subleyras

An academy figure is a drawing, painting or sculpture in a literal manner, of the nude human body using a live model, typically at half life size.[citation needed]

It is a common exercise required of students at art schools and academies, both in the past and present, hence the name.[1]

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  1. ^ Claude-Henri Watelet, « Académie » and « Modèle », dans Encyclopédie méthodique. Beaux-arts, Paris, Panckoucke, 1791. Source cited in fr:Académie (dessin)