(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)


Black and white chalk on tinted paper, 402 x 266 mm
Private collection

The sheet of paper bears two studies of the same sculptural model by Jacopo Sansovino on each side. Although the drawings were done from the same angle, the lighting differed: in the full-length drawing, the light falls on the model from above left, and in the other study from above right. On the other side of the sheet, the angle of the lighting is reversed. Tintoretto was principally concerned with a systematic study of the back muscles, and used Sansovino's sculpture almost as if it were an anatomical model. The vertically placed rod supporting the figure, barely visible between the legs, shows that the model was not a stable bronze or marble statue, but a fragile figure made of wax or terra cruda (unfired clay).