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

Male Nude, Seen from the Rear (recto)

Black pencil, 282 x 203 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The present sheet shows both on the recto and the verso some of Michelangelo's initial ideas for the Battle of Cascina. The front depicts the head, torso, and buttocks of a male nude, seen from the rear, with his right arm raised. The back of the sheet depicts the lower body and upper legs of a male nude stepping toward the rear.