Filippo Bellini trained with Federico Barocci and was one of his most talented pupils. The quickly sketched figures of the Madonna and Child on the recto are closely related, both in technique and typology of the figures, to other drawings by the artist (see C. Monbeig Goguel, ‘“Filippo Bellini da Urbino della Scuola del Baroccio”’, Master Drawings, XIII, 1975, no. 4, pp. 347-370). More rarely, the artist executed drawings exclusively in red chalk like the Flight into Egypt on the verso of this sheet.