About this artwork
Between 1562 and 1566, Salviati was in Rome working on a commission for two large frescoes in the Sala Regia, a formal reception hall in the Vatican. This sheet is a single-figure study for the first of these, which depicts the peace treaty that Pope Alexander III and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa reached in Venice in 1177. The corresponding painted figure can be seen in the large crowd at right in the fresco.
An example of the artist’s mature draftsmanship, the drawing demonstrates a range of techniques, from the carefully modeled face and the crumpled pleats of the sleeve to the delicate black chalk of the figure’s beard.
- Prints and Drawings
- Giuseppe Porta, called Giuseppe Salviati
- Bearded Man with his Right Arm Raised
- Made 1562–1564
- Black, red, and ocher chalk, heightened with touches of white chalk, on bluish gray laid paper
- 206 × 263 mm
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray