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 to enter Raphael's workshop in around 1512. His graphic oeuvre
consists mainly of pen and ink composition drawings, which are characterized by repeated, long horizontal hatchings and strongly defined chiaroscuro effects. In the present drawing, the areas of contrasting light and shadow are also emphasized by the abundant application of brown wash, which unifies the composition.
Linda Wolk-Simon has given an account of the artist's known drawings, in the catalogue to the exhibition, Sixteenth-Century Italian drawings in New York Collections, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1994 (p. 109, note 4).