This sheet is an outstanding example of Palma’s draughtsmanship. In his sketches he frequently recorded likenesses of the people around him – here, for example, his wife Andriana. The Annunciation group, on the other hand, was presumably inspired by a Titian painting for San Domenico Maggiore in Naples; it reappears in Palma’s drawings again and again with slight variations. These studies are more than mere preparation for paintings, however – here the art of drawing clearly possesses its own intrinsic value. The calligraphic exercises attribute a specific aesthetic to the line, and the sketch thus gains autonomy as a work of art.