Study for a Group
Pen and wash in brown ink, over black chalk, heightened
143 × 161 mm
Museum of Fine 1888
Although no commisions for frescoes from Parmigianino’s Roman years are documented, many compositional drawings by the artist have survived specifically for wall paintings. On the Budapest sheet he developed a detail of a large composition, perhaps a scene from the lives of the apostles. The painter, inexperienced in large-scale compositions, turned to the Vatican frescoes of his exemplar, Raphael.
drawing, Parmigianino, pen-and-ink