Pen and wash in brown ink, over black chalk, heightened with white
220 × 417 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 2126
Between 1531–1534 Giulio Romano and his workshop was decorating the north-east wing of the Palazzo del Tè in Mantua. In the Loggia della Grotta, the garden-side loggia attached to the private apartments of Federico II Gonzaga, stages of human life were represented by genre-like scenes and moralizing allegories. This pen drawing is a study for the central fresco of the vault, depicting a family feast. The two standing figures are based on Roman models: the angel’s pose was borrowed from Michelangelo’s marble Risen Christ, while the water-pourer repeats a servant by Raphael in the Villa Farnesina.
drawing, Giulio Romano, pen-and-ink