(b. ca. 1497, Caravaggio, d. 1543, Messina)

Studies of a Male Torso

c. 1540
Black chalk, 204 x 138 mm
British Museum, London

It is possible that Polidoro da Caravaggio based this drawing on studies of this kind by Michelangelo. This would possibly confirm a journey by Polidoro from Messina to Rome shortly before his death. According to Vasari, however, the journey was planned but never taken.