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Sketches of the Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, a Monk, and a Scabbard (1438)
This pen-and-brown-ink work came from a sketchbook, most of which now sits in the Louvre. A closer look also reveals a distinctive bull’s-head watermark that helped date the work.
McCULLAGH SAYS: “Pisanello drew this for a visit by the emperor. . . . Because [the emperor] was short, he was often depicted on his horse.”