"The birth, death and resurrection of Christ: from Michelangelo to Tiepolo"
Michelangelo constructs his powerful composition with two triangles, one at the bottom of the drawing formed by the mourners at the foot of the cross, and the other at the top formed by the three crosses. This formula draws the eye upward to the body of Christ. It is possible that this drawing was intended as a model for a private devotional sculpture that was either never made or lost to time.
Michelangelo, The Three Crosses, 1521–24, red chalk, touches of wash. © The Trustees of the British Museum.