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Study of a Young Man with his Hands tied behind his back

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Study of a Young Man with his Hands tied behind his back About 1434 - 1438

Not on display

The model for this drawing was probably an assistant in Pisanello's workshop. His pose is similar to that of a hanged man included in the background of one of Pisanello's most famous works, a mural painting of St George and the Princess in the church of Sant' Anastasia, Verona (c.1433-8). Pisanello made studies of hanging corpses from different angles (British Museum, London) but in this quill pen drawing he focuses on the single posed figure, capturing the form and textures with great skill and economy.

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  • Acc. No. D 722
  • Medium Pen and brown ink over traces of metalpoint on cream paper
  • Size 26.80 x 18.60 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy 1878; transferred to the National Gallery 1910