'Christ led out of Pilate's house' c1570

Luca Cambiaso (1527 - 1585)

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, 25.4 x 35.5cm

Cambiaso began using simplified cubic shapes as a kind of shorthand drawing style in the mid 1560s. He was possibly influenced by Dürer's published studies of human proportions. He may also have used the easy to copy figures composed of triangles, cones and cubes as a training aid for his studio assistants.

From 1570, Cambiaso also concentrated on religious themes, mostly drawn from the last few days of Christ's Passion. This drawing probably dates from between 1570 and 1575. It may have been intended for an unknown fresco series.

Cambiaso was a prolific drawer and may have made replicas of his drawings that were most in demand. The number of drawings in this style increased as Cambiaso's talent became more widely admired by collectors across Europe.

Purchased with the help of the Art Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund.