The prayer of the Rosary is traditionally said to have been instituted by St Dominic (1170-1221). A709 is preparatory for the Madonna del Rosario painted between 1588 and 1591 for the Confraternity of the Assumption and the Rosary at Senigallia (now in the Palazzo Vescovile). This monochrome oil-sketch came at a relatively late stage of preparation and is a dynamic study of light and shadow.
oil sketch with pen and brown ink over black chalk on paper
image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford