RAFFAELLO Sanzio
(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

Enea Piccolomini Leaves for the Council of Basel

c. 1502
Pen and ink, brush and wash, 705 x 415 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Pinturicchio engaged Raphael as an assistant in the preparation of the Piccolomini frescoes in Siena. A few drawings survive from the project, but the major document of this joint enterprise is a finished design by Raphael for the Enea Piccolomini Leaves for the Council of Basel. Raphael's drawing demonstrates his control over the massing of figures in a crowded and composite narrative, which also includes a city scene and stormy landscape.