With Adolph Loewi, Venice;
Colonna Collection, Turin;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 30 January 2014, lot 50 for $257,000;
There acquired by the present collector.
R. Pallucchini, 'Opere inedite di Giambattista Piazzetta', L’Arte, vol. 7, no. 3, 1936, pp. 187, 188, reproduced p. 189, fig. 1;
R. Pallucchini (ed.), Les Trésors de l’art vénitien, exh. cat., Lausanne 1947, no. 86;
R. Pallucchini, Piazzetta, Milan 1956, pp. 32 and 49, reproduced in colour plate XIII;
R. Pallucchini and A. Mariuz, L’opera completa del Piazzetta, Milan 1982, p. 93, no. 77, reproduced.
Born in Venice, Piazzetta received his training there, before moving to Bologna at the age of twenty. He was already a skilled draughtsman when he entered the studio of Giuseppe Maria Crespi. Piazzetta stayed in Bologna for two years, at which time he returned permanently to Venice. The marked tenebrism of his style, which increased over time, must reflect not only the Bolognese works to which he would been exposed, such as those by the Carracci and Guercino, but probably also reveal the influence of the latter’s Roman-period works.
1 Pallucchini and Mariuz, 1982, p. 93.
2 Pallucchini and Mariuz 1982, no. 76.
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