Perino del Vaga
Study for Saint George and the Dragon (recto)
Figure Studies (verso)
Pen and brown ink, over red chalk
215 × 258 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 1794
The study was realized in the acquaintance of Raphael’s Saint George, painted around 1504–5 in Florence (Washington, National Gallery of Art). However, its direct source was rather Fra Bartolommeo’s painting of the same subject, already lost, that Perino could have seen in the palace of Francesco del Pugliese during his Florentine stay in 1522–23. The Budapest drawing, made in Perino’s mature style, was executed only a decade later, from the painter’s memory or after his earlier sketches.
After the Sack of Rome in 1527, Perino del Vaga moved to Genoa, where until his return to Rome in 1538, he was primarily occupied with the decoration of the palace of his patron, Andrea Doria. The sketches on the verso also relate to the Palazzo Doria: the nude studies may be associated with the frescoes of the Stanza di Psiche, while the seated nude was made for one of the virtues in the Stanza delle Metamorfosi.
drawing, pen-and-ink, Perino del Vaga