FEDERICO FARUFFINI (Sesto San Giovanni, near Milan, 1833 - Perugia 1869) PORTRAIT OF GIOVANNI CARNOVALI, IL PICCIO
Black chalk, signed Faruffini; 214 x 163 mm.
The drawing is certainly not a portrait from life, but derives from a rather famous oil self-portrait by Piccio, known in several versions; see F. Rossi - B. Lorenzelli, Il Piccio e artisti bergamaschi del suo tempo, exhibition catalogue, Bergamo 1974; cat. no 26.
Nevertheless, the drawing shows the really remarkable sensitivity of the young Faruffini, as well as his great skill as a draftsman.