This is the preparatory drawing for the second version of the picture, i.e.,
for the image on the partition between the two panels of
The Salutation of Beatrice
. Here the figure of Love stands within an oval partly formed with
his own wings. He holds a sundial in his left hand and a downturned torch in
The text inscribed below is from the
Vita Nuova chapter XXX. The date inscribed above is the date of Beatrice's
Vita Nuova chapter XXIX).