(b. 1483, Busto Arsizio, d. 1548, Milano)

Design for a Tomb

c. 1515
Pen and ink and wash on paper, 425 x 406 mm (sheet)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This drawing in London is generally agreed to show the plan of the Foix monument, a great free-standing tomb consisting of an architectural structure containing the sarcophagus with the recumbent figure surrounded by Apostles and Virtues.

The design for a tomb consists of a sarcophagus, supported by four feet and an additional, central foot, in the form of a scroll, mounted on a plinth supported by eight square columns. There are twenty small figures, dressed in classical robes, mounted on the sarcophagus and surmounting the columns supporting the plinth at the base. Most of the small figures placed on the sarcophagus and on the columns at the base are drawn in pen and ink which has been strenghtened in black ink at a later date. The tomb is situated in a perspectival architectural drawing of a room or square chapel. The lines delineating the perspective have been scored out of the paper by a stylus.