Vincenzo Tamagni began his career as an assistant of Sodoma with whom he worked in the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, near Siena, before moving to Rome in around 1512, when he entered Raphael's workshop. His graphic oeuvre
consists mainly of pen and ink composition drawings characterized by repeated long horizontal hatching, with a clear definition of the chiaroscuro, as we can also see in the present sheet, where the areas of contrasting light and shadow are also emphasized by the abundant application of brown wash, which unifies the composition.
For an account of the artist's known drawings, see: L. Wolk-Simon, in Sixteenth-Century Italian drawings in New York Collections, exhib. cat., New York, The Metropolitan Museum, 1994, p. 109, note 4.