A nude seen from behind holding a shovel, a small animal to the left (recto); Figure studies (verso)
pen and brown ink, upper corners made-up, lower edge irregular
8 x 5 1/4 in. (203 x 135 mm.)
The handling of the pen, in close crosshatching, is typical of Raimondi's style. Many analogous drawings are illustrated in K. Oberhuber, 'Marcantonio Raimondi: die Bologneser Anfange und die erste Römische Period', Humanismus in Bologna, 1490-1510, exhib. cat., Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, 1988, pp. 51-236. Almost all the drawings by Raimondi mentioned in Professor Oberhuber's article come from the collection of Captain Carlo Prayer, active in Milan in the second part of the 19th Century.
A drawing by Raimondi close to the present one was sold in these Rooms, 24 January 2001, lot 2.