(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Iseppo and Adriano da Porto

c. 1551
Pen and chalk on tinted paper, 342 x 181 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This drawing documents the genesis of the Porto portrait by Veronese in Florence. Veronese first sketched the two figures with gray chalk, then in the next step moved on to work out and occasionally correct individual details in pen. As the sketch proceeded, he changed the posture and position of the head of the boy Adriano, in order to better match the figures in the pendant painting.