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

Crucified Christ with Mary and John

c. 1550
Black chalk and white paint for corrections, 413 x 286 mm
British Museum, London

This drawing comes from a series in which Michelangelo towards the end of his life sought to depict the Crucified Christ. They might have been viewed as a preparation of a sculpture. The position of Christ's head is not yet clear and the other figures (presumably Mary and John) only appear in a rough state as they are stricken with grief.