Head of a young soldier, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Head of a young soldier
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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Head of a young soldier, ca. 1740

389 x min. 268 mm
maximum width
272 mm
Physical Description
Black and white chalk on grey-brown laid paper
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4282 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

This drawing depicts the charming face of a boy, individuality having been relinquished in favour of typification. In the dynamic of the chalk lines as well as the soft shading, it is closely related to the "Head of a bishop in profile" (530 Z) and was presumably likewise executed around 1740. The motif also appears in Giambattista Tiepolo’s etching "Three Soldiers and a Boy" from the series of "Vari Capricci" of 1742. It is not clear which of the two artists depicted it first.

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