(b. 1498, Grizane, d. 1578, Roma)
The Flagellation of Christ1540s
Red chalk over a sketch in black chalk, 200 x 182 mm
Royal Collection, Windsor
Sebastiano del Piombo came to Rome in 1511 and soon became friends with Michelangelo, who took him under his wing. Michelangelo made several drawings in preparation for the altar painting of The Flagellation of Christ, painted by Sebastiano in San Pietro in Montorio, Rome. His final draft, to be used as a model for the painting, is lost today, but it is documented by the copy made by Giulio Clovio.