In preparation for this commission, Volterrano also executed a bozzetto in oil, which is now housed in the Galleria Corsini, Florence.2 Two other drawings relating to Christ on the Road to Calvary are known, the first is a sketch of the entire composition, in red and black chalk, and is very close to the finished oil painting, now in the Albertina, Vienna.3 The second is a sheet of studies, like the present drawing, with studies of hands holding drapery and studies for Saint Veronica and the Virgin, now in The Uffizi, Florence.4
Always visually appealing and more so here, due to the choice of blue paper, Volterrano's studies, often on both sides of the sheet, illustrate his meticulous working methods. The artist made countless series of drawings in preparation for his works; these range from compositional sketches, rapidly laid down, to studies of single figures, to details scattered across the sheet, as in the present drawing and final modelli.
1. Gli Ultimi Medici. Il tardo barocco a Firenze, 1670 - 1743, exhib. cat., Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts; Florence, Palazzo Pitti, 1974, no. 188b, reproduced
2.M.C. Fabbri, A. Grassi, R. Spinelli, Volterrano Baldassarre Franceschini (1611-1690), Florence 2013, p. 265, cat. 90b, reproduced
3. Ibid.,p. 266, fig. 1
4. Ibid.,p. 266, fig. 2
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