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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (Venice 1682-1754)
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (Venice 1682-1754)

Head of a bearded man

Details
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (Venice 1682-1754)
Head of a bearded man
red and white chalk, on red-prepared paper
11 x 7 5/8 in. (28 x 19.8 cm)
Provenance
Bernhard Himmelheber (1898-1966), Karlsruhe (L. 4035).

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Strongly inspired by Tiepolo, this expressive head study compares closely with a drawing of the same size and technique in the Klassik Stiftung, Weimar (inv. KK 8621; see Goethe collezionista e il disegno veneto del Settecento, Milan, 2009, no. 21, ill.). Both executed in red chalk, an unusual medium for the artist, the sheets were likely preparatory for a Saint Francis of Paola. The attribution to Piazzetta was confirmed by Bernard Aikema and Adelheid Gealt to the current owners.

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