A Left Foot

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A Left Foot about 1530
The attribution of this drawing to Paris Bordon is based on stylistic comparison with other sheets by him in black and white chalk on blue paper. The soft contours used to outline the toes and the limited use of white highlights reoccurs in some of Bordon’s other work. Bordon produced many studies of the details of figures and draperies that he intended to incorporate into his paintings. This drawing corresponds closely, but not exactly, to the left foot of the figure of St Sebastian in his altarpiece in the Chiesa Arcipretale in Valdobbiadene.

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An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.



  • Acc. No. D 1486
  • Medium Black chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper
  • Size 15.50 x 12.20 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910