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Venetian Old Man, from “Raccolta di teste”

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Artwork Details

Venetian Old Man, from “Raccolta di teste”
circa 1757
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
etching on paper
6 5/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. ( 16.9 cm x 13.7 cm )
Museum Purchase
1930.23

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Not currently on display

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While Giovanni Battista Tiepolo used the etching medium to create original compositions, his son Giovanni Domenico used it largely to copy other works of art. Over a number of years, the latter etched a large series of heads of old men, derived from paintings and drawings or details of larger compositions by his father. This etching is based on a lost painting. Full of strong, dramatic contrasts of light and dark, this etched head presents an incisive character study.

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