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

Sitting Male Nude (recto)

c. 1504
Pen and brown ink, gray-brown wash, heightened in white, over drawing in stylus, 420 x 285 mm
British Museum, London

The present drawing on the recto of a sheet is a study for the central figure in the group of bathers of the Battle of Cascina cartoon. The figure is depicted in a complex rotational movement exploring the space around him in all directions.

The verso contains red chalk studies of figures and various legs. These studies were perhaps also drawn by Michelangelo.