This graphite drawing and suggestive title indicates an influence by notable Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Known for his paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo was also a master sculptor, architect, and sketch artist. Aiken's From Michael Angelo is reminiscent of its' namesakes artistic style that focused on the aesthetic of the human anatomy. Aiken's figure is drawn in contrapposto stance, a compositional element used by many Classical Greek artists that was later revived during the Renaissance. It depicts the resting of one's weight primarily on one foot with the hips and shoulders positioned at opposite angles.
James Aiken Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, transferred from the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.