Raffael (Werkstatt): Papst Urban I., ca. 1520-1524, Fresko. Palazzo Apostolico, Sala di Constantino, Cittá del Vaticano, Rom
Creating the impression of an elegant sculpture in high relief, this late Raphael drawing is a study for the wall decoration of the Sala di Costantino in the Vatican. By the time of his sudden death in 1520, the master had completed only designs for that room, which were then carried to realization by his workshop. Enhanced by a bit of brush wash, the black chalk softly models the subject, thus emphasizing the sensual corporality of a figure which reflects the influence of classical sculpture.