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Maker(s):Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista
Culture:Italian (ca. 1682 - 1754)
Title:Head of a Boy
Date Made:n.d.
Materials:charcoal heightened with white chalk on cream-colored (faded blue) laid paper
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:sight: 13 1/8 x 10 13/16 in.; 33.3375 x 27.4638 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1946.13.4
Credit Line:Purchased

bust portrait of a boy in light collared shirt, short hair, head turned toward proper right, holding hat(?) in partially visible hand

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Carol Kaminsky:

In his youth, Piazzetta traveled to Bologna where he came under the influence of the academy founded by the Carracci, which stressed studying from nature and working from the live model. He reinterpreted the naturalism of the seventeenth century to create a more vivid and direct art capable of conveying emotion with greater intensity and truth. In addition to his substantial painted oeuvre, Piazzetta made large finished character studies drawn from life—such as this profile bust of a peasant boy with shaggy hair—which were collected as independent works of art.

boy; costume

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