Study of a Young Man (recto); Study of a Standing Man with a Beard (verso), accidental offset

Object Details


Study of a Young Man (recto); Study of a Standing Man with a Beard (verso), accidental offset


Andrea del Sarto (Italian, 1486 - 1530)




Italy (Place created)




Black chalk


14.3 x 9.7 cm (5 5/8 x 3 13/16 in.)

See more

See less

The lightly drawn figure of a young man with one arm lifted toward the viewer fills this irregularly trimmed sheet. The boy wears a fashionable outfit including a blouse with wide sleeves gathered on either side of the elbow and decoratively slashed to show the lining underneath and a doublet or vest short enough to reveal his codpiece.

Concentrating on the pose and drapery of the figure, Andrea del Sarto merely suggested the head and facial features with a few lines. He changed his mind as he drew the right arm, fingers, and the positioning of the left shoulder, leaving visible pentimenti. This drawing served as a preparatory study for the figure of a young male servant standing in the center of a fresco in a Florentine church. The figure's pose and drapery were almost fully resolved in the drawing, with only a few minor adjustments made in the painting. The artist completed the fresco by May 30, 1523, thus scholars date the drawing to before then.


Sagredo Collection, Venice, (?)

Jean-Jacques de Boissieu, French, 1736 - 1810, Lyons

Nicos Dhikeos, Cypriot, 1896 - 1987, Lyons

Art Market [sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum through Cristophe Janet Ltd., New York, 1987], New York.

Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence (July 15 to October 19, 2003) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 15 to October 19, 2003