'Ulysses shooting through the rings', Francesco Primaticcio, 1555-59
Red chalk and white heightening on pink prepared paper, 24.3 x 32.4cm
Accession Number WAG10843
This finished drawing is a preparatory study for one of the 59 frescos about the adventures of Ulysses which were painted at the Ulysses Gallery at Fontainebleau Palace in France.
The drawing fulfilled both a practical function, providing instructions to Primaticcio's assistants and an aesthetic role as an art object.
Primaticcio's skill as a draughtsman and the drawing's beauty attracted many artists and connoisseurs. This work was owned both by the painter Joshua Reynolds and by the Liverpool collector William Roscoe.
Purchased with the help of the Art Fund.
This work is currently not on display.