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
Physical Description
Black and white chalk on light-brown coarse-fibred laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
530 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Head of a Bishop in Profile
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Black and white chalk on light-brown coarse-fibred laid paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 61B111(+513) anonymous historical person portrayed alone (+ profile portrait)
  • 31D16(+3) old man (+ sideview, profile)
  • 11P3113 archbishop, bishop, etc. (Roman Catholic)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Johann Friedrich Städel, 1816.


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