ARCIMBOLDO, Giuseppe
(b. 1526, Milano, d. 1593, Milano)

Study of a Figure in a Niche

1560-67
Pen and brown ink, brush with pale brown and purple wash, 351 x 263 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This drawing relates to the design of a prestigious commission by the Town Hall of Milan for a banner representing St Ambrose, the heroic patron of the city who is also one of the canonical Doctors of the Church. Arcimboldo ceded this project at the time of his departure from Milan in 1562 for the court of Prague.