The recto of the present sheet would appear to be a study for one of Gatti's earliest and best-known works; the large painting of The Virgin Mourning the Dead Christ (or The Lamentation) of c.1528-30, painted for the church of San Domenico in Cremona and now in the Louvre (see Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée and Dominique Thiébaut, Catalogue sommaire illustré des peintures du muse du Louvre, Vol. II: Italie, Espagne, Allemagne, Grande-Bretagne et divers, Paris, 1981, p. 177, reproduced).
Among stylistically comparable drawings by Gatti is a red chalk study of a standing male nude in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes; see Eric Pagliano, op.cit., pp. 88-91, cat. no. 16.
The small sketch on the verso of the present sheet would appear to be a study, in reverse, for a more finished drawing of Saint Sebastian in the Uffizi (Giulio Bora, I disegni lombardi e genovesi del Cinquecento, Treviso, 1980, pp. 60-61, no. 68, pl. 68), which remains unrelated to any surviving painting or fresco by Gatti.
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