TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Study for St Peter

c. 1516
Charcoal on faded blue paper, 157 x 134 mm
British Museum, London

This is the earliest surviving drawing by Titian that can definitely be connected with any of his paintings. It is a study for the head of St Peter in the Assumption, the figure seated on the Virgin's sarcophagus in the central foreground of the painting.