(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Standing Male Nude, Seen from the Rear (recto)

c. 1503
Pen and brown ink, 387 x 195 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

Drawn after a live model, the standing male nude is an example of Michelangelo's masterly treatment of the body with a dense network of parallel and intersecting pen lines. The drawing can be connected to the cartoon of the Battle of Cascina.

On the verso Michelangelo drew in rapid lines the Virgin Mary and Child in a posture he later also employed for the Medici Madonna in the new Sacristy of San Lorenzo.