Piazzetta made a good number of these head studies over many years, and they must have provided him with a regular source of income. They achieved great popularity with collectors and connoisseurs in his own time, and have remained equally appreciated ever since. The artist also produced versions of his own drawings to fulfill the demand for such finished works on paper. Some, either single figures such as the present example, or groups of two or three, were also engraved by Marco Pitteri and Giovanni Cattini, who in 1743 published fourteen such prints under the title: 'Icones ad vivum expressae'. No print related to the present sheet is known.
The attribution to Piazzetta was confirmed by Professor George Knox at the time of the Woodner sale (see Provenance).
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