One of the most impressive drawings by Perino del Vaga, the recto of this large sheet features a vigorous sketch for a spandrel with Saint John the Evangelist. Both it and the ceiling design on the verso include Perino's typically mannered, elegant figures and probably relate to a commission from the 1540s, when he was arguably the leading painter active in Rome.
Watermark: Lamb with standard inside circle, (Agnus Dei, Paschal lamb). Watermark, beta radiograph. lamb, pennant, standard, circle, Agnus Dei. 435037wm_2020_50_WM_beta.jpg