Binion (loc. cit.) describes this as a 'stupendo disegno' and dates it in the 1720s. She suggests that it could be an early idea for a figure in the Oath of Hannibal, a composition which exists in various versions.1 She was probably not aware of the verso, as she does not mention it. The seated figure, seen somewhat from below, could have served as a study for Christ in The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, also known in many versions.2
1. F. Zava Boccazzi, Pittoni, Venice 1979, p. 180, no. 243, reproduced fig. 74
2. ibid., p. 173, no. 215, reproduced fig. 104
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