101
101
Giovanni Battista Pittoni
RECTO: STUDY OF A KNEELING FIGURE, SEEN FROM BEHIND VERSO: FIGURE STUDIES
Estimate
5,0007,000
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101
Giovanni Battista Pittoni
RECTO: STUDY OF A KNEELING FIGURE, SEEN FROM BEHIND VERSO: FIGURE STUDIES
Estimate
5,0007,000
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Giovanni Battista Pittoni
VENICE 1687-1767
RECTO: STUDY OF A KNEELING FIGURE, SEEN FROM BEHIND VERSO: FIGURE STUDIES
Red chalk (recto); black chalk (verso)
148 by 101 mm; 4 3/4 by 4 in
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Literature

Alice Binion, I Disegni di Giambattista Pittoni, Florence 1983, pp. 32-3, reproduced fig. 145

Catalogue Note

Binion (loc. cit.) describes this as a 'stupendo disegno' and dates it in the 1720s.  She suggests that it could be an early idea for a figure in the Oath of Hannibal, a composition which exists in various versions.1  She was probably not aware of the verso, as she does not mention it.  The seated figure, seen somewhat from below, could have served as a study for Christ in The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, also known in many versions.2

1.  F. Zava Boccazzi, Pittoni, Venice 1979, p. 180, no. 243, reproduced fig. 74
2. ibid., p. 173, no. 215, reproduced fig. 104

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