Jacopo Palma, called Palma Il Giovane
- Jacopo Palma, called Palma Il Giovane
- A standing figure, his right arm outstretched
- Black chalk heightened with white chalk, on gray paper;
bears old attribution and numbering, lower right: tintoreto 8
- 11 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches
his sale, Paris, Sotheby's, 25 March 2009, lot 6
The subject is taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses (1:89-150), which tells of the four ages that followed the creation of the world: the Ages of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron. Palma's Age of Iron illustrates the malice and violence of the time before The Flood: a city burns in the distance, a step-mother poisons the drinking water of her step-son and in the centre two young men are locked together as one prepares to thrust his dagger into the other's back. The present drawing is preparatory for the figure of the victim, and is an excellent example of the free and expressive style of Palma's chalk drawings.