CESARE da Sesto
(b. 1477, Sesto Calende, d. 1523, Milano)

Studies of Feet

Red chalk on red prepared paper, 216 x 255 mm
Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan

In the course of designing the Last Supper, Leonardo produced an extensive series of studies of heads and hands. Executed primarily in chalk, these drawings established an artistic precedent for Lombard draftsmen of the sixteenth century, beginning with Leonardo's immediate followers in Milan. One of the artists who most closely assimilated his practice was Cesare da Sesto.