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Giuseppe Piattoli, Laocoon

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GIUSEPPE PIATTOLI (Florence 1743-1823) LAOCOON
Pen and brown ink, washed in brown, 265 x 325 mm.
Attributed in the past to Marco Marcuola, this sheet is in fact a powerful example of the drawings by Piattoli in his deceptive Venetian late-Baroque style. See Ugo Ruggeri, Drawings by Giuseppe Piattoli, in Master Drawings, XVI, 1978. Other examples of this kind of drawings by Piattoli are in the Biblioteca Comunale, Forli, and in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Giuseppe Piattoli was professor of drawing at the Florentine Academy from 1785 until 1807. He produced drawings for series of prints, the most noteworthy being those of Marfisa and the two series of Proverbi, engraved by Lasinio, the first series in 1786, the second in 1788.

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