Portrait of Antoine Watteau, Rosalba Carriera
Rosalba Carriera
Portrait of Antoine Watteau
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Rosalba Carriera: Porträt des Antoine Watteau, Pastellzeichnung. Privatbesitz, Paris

Rosalba Carriera

Portrait of Antoine Watteau, ca. 1720 – 1721


Blatt
265 x 226 mm
Physical Description
Pastel on blue laid paper, #?, with gilt frame
Inventory Number
1090
Object Number
1090 Z
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Rosalba Carriera is famous above all for the portraits she executed in pastel. Inscriptions on the drawing’s old mounting identify the subject as the young Antoine Watteau (1684–1721). This assumption appears doubtful, since, according to the sources, Carriera did not meet the French Rococo painter until shortly before the latter’s death. It may, however, be a fantasy portrait made after an engraving. The contrast between the coloured pastels and the blue of the paper lend this unfinished work special charm.

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Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Antoine Watteau
Draughtsman
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Pastel on blue laid paper, #?, with gilt frame
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet auf dem Montierungsborgen unten (mit grauem Stift): Portrait d'Antoine Watteau encore jeune; peint par la Rosalba; verso bezeichnet auf dem Montierungsborgen (mit der Feder in Schwarz): N: 20 - Portrait d'Ant.e Watteau encore jeune / annoncé pour être par Rosalba
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  • Nicht vorhanden

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Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann

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Primary
  • 48C513(+2) portrait, self-portrait of painter (+ artist in non-work situation)
  • 61B2(WATTEAU, Antoine)11(+512) historical person (WATTEAU, Antoine) - historical person (WATTEAU, Antoine) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter view portrait)
  • 31A2421 head turned to the left
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02.07.2020