Essential reading:

This is a very interesting historical overview. Drawing by artist’s studio’s was a quest for the ideal “translated ” into the form of the live model. This practice informed teaching. Interesting to read about the intersection of Church and State on the drawing practices.

Milam, Jennifer. ‘Understanding Life Drawings’, in Maloon, Terence, Peter Raissis, and Art Gallery of New South Wales.Michelangelo to Matisse: Drawing the Figure. Sydney: The Art Gallery of N.S.W, 1999. pp 38-49.