Paolo Veronese

Paolo Veronese (1528–88)
Studies for Christ Carrying the Cross
c. 1571
Pen and gray-brown ink and wash
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Princes Gate Bequest, 1978

Many of Veronese's drawings are in pen and ink and were made to assist the artist in developing his compositions. This example is related to a painting of Christ carrying the Cross and records two ideas for the central scene of Christ and his tormentors. Figures and compositions almost merge into one another, conveying a sense of the excitement and speed with which the artist worked.