Head of a Bishop in Profile, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Head of a Bishop in Profile
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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Head of a Bishop in Profile, ca. 1740

390 x 273 mm
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Black and white chalk on light-brown coarse-fibred laid paper
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530 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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The drawing on view here was once in the collection of Johann Friedrich Städel, who was familiar with Piazzetta’s drawings through the widely circulated engraved reproductions by Marco Pitteri and Giovanni Cattini. Yet Städel may also have been inspired to purchase this work by his familiarity with the altarpiece Piazzetta executed in 1735 for the Church of the German Order in Sachsenhausen. He could well have seen the latter work in its original setting before it was carried off to Paris in 1796 as war booty.

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