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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A YOUNG BOY WITH A LARGE COLLAR
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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39
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A YOUNG BOY WITH A LARGE COLLAR
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
VENICE 1696 - 1770 MADRID
STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A YOUNG BOY WITH A LARGE COLLAR
Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk
242 by 183 mm; 9 1/2  by 7 1/4  in
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Provenance

Given by the artist to the Library of the Somasco Convent, Santa Maria della Salute, Venice;
Count Leopoldo Cicognara, Venice;
Antonio Canova, the sculptor,
thence by descent to his half-brother, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Sartori-Canova;
Francesco Pesaro, Venice;
Edward Cheney, Badger Hall, Shropshire, by 1842,
thence by inheritance to his brother-in-law, Col. Alfred Capel-Cure, Blake Hall, Essex,
his sale, London, Sotheby's 29 April 1885, lot 1024, where acquired by E. Parsons;
The Earl of Ranfurly;
with P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London;
Richard Owen, Paris

Catalogue Note

This handsome and engaging drawing belongs to a large group of 93 imaginary head studies, which were originally bound in the same album as Tiepolo's well-known series of studies of the Holy family.  Like the Holy Family series, these were conceived as independent works rather than as preparatory for specific paintings.  Bernard Aikema suggests that they may have been produced as a type of pattern book of motifs to be used in future paintings by the atelier, and specifically by Tiepolo's sons, Domenico and Lorenzo.1

1. B. Aikema et al., Tiepolo in Holland, exhib. cat., Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1996, p. 90

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