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* Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid
VENICE 1696 - 1770 MADRID
HEAD OF AN OLD MAN, LOOKING UPWARDS
red chalk heightened with white chalk, on blue paper
409 by 305mm; 16 1/8 by 12 in
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Provenance

bears unidentified collector's mark (three-masted ship in a cartouche, not in Lugt);
sale, London, Sotheby's, 15 June 1983, lot 91 (purchased by Philip and Muriel Berman)

Catalogue Note

Giandomenico Tiepolo seems to have used this drawing by his father for the head of S. Pietro Orseolo in his altarpiece Four Olivetan Saints, now in the Museo Civico, Verona (see Adriano Mariuz, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Venice 1971, p. 147, plate 267).  Lorenzo Tiepolo also copied it, adding a hood and transforming it into The Head of an Old Woman (see Tiepolo: a Bicentenary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Cambridge Mass., Fogg Art Museum, 1970, cat. no. 69).

Old Master Drawings

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