Black chalk (recto and verso) heightened with white chalk (recto) on buff paper;
bears old attribution, on the top left margin, in pen and brown ink: Piazzetta and numbering 24
This is a characteristic double-sided sheet by the young Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, clearly strongly influenced by Piazzetta, as the old attribution on the drawing indicates. According to George Knox there are about sixteen known drawings which must have come from the same album. These are all numbered between 7 and 66 and bear the same old attribution to Piazzetta in pen and ink at the top left-hand corner. Five are in the Accademia di Carrara, Bergamo and four were published by Ugo Ruggeri as Giambattista Tiepolo and related to his frescoes, painted in 1726 for the gallery of the Archbishop's Palace, Udine. Knox has rightly pointed out, when writing about the present sheet for a private publication, that the head of the youth is very close to that of the angel in Giambattista's fresco The Angel appearing to Sarah, also in the Archbishop's Palace, Udine.1
1. A. Morassi, G. B. Tiepolo, His Life and Work, London 1955, reproduced pl. 6
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