GIOVANNI DA UDINE
(b. 1487, Udine, d. 1564, Roma)

Study of a Parrot

1515-20
Red chalk and gouache, pen and brown ink, black chalk and watercolour, 300 x 219 mm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

The picture shows a study of a parrot and small sketches of parrots and a praying mantis. On the verso of the sheet studies of a parrot and other birds can be seen.

Drawings by Giovanni da Udine are rare. Most of the surviving examples, generally assigned to his tenure in Raphael's workshop (c. 1515-20) and its aftermath in Rome, represent birds, animals, and still-life details, the types of subject matter in which he specialised.