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

Horse and Rider

c. 1537
Black chalk on blue paper, 274 x 262 mm
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This drawing is a study for the Battle of Spoleto, painted for the Palazzo Ducale in Venice in 1538. It formed part of a larger narrative cycle running round three walls of the Hall of the Greater Council. Unfortunately, all paintings in the Hall were destroyed in 1577 in the second terrible fire of the decade.