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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, self-portrait

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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, self-portrait

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GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIAZZETTA (Venice 1682 - 1754) SELF-PORTRAIT
Etching, signed and dated in the plate 'Piazzetta f. 1738'. A very good impression as printed in 1760 in the frontispiece of the 'Studi di Pittura', published by Giovanni Battista Albrizzi. To the plate mark 61 x 50 mm. This self-portrait is the only print etched by Piazzetta. We do not know any example of this etching printed during artist's lifetime. See Aa. Vv. 'Da Carlevarijs ai Tiepolo. Incisori veneti e friulani del Settecento', Venice 1983, cat. no. 354.

Piazzetta was one of the outstanding Venetian artists of the 18th century. He began his career in the studio of his father, Giacomo, a woodcarver, but afterwards he abandoned the family profession and began to study painting under Antonio Molinari. In about 1703 he went to Bologna, where he worked in the studio of Giuseppi Maria Crespi. Study with Crespi ignited Piazzetta's fascination with somber, dramatic effects and his interest in genre painting. He was back in Venice by 1711 and continued to work there until his death. In 1727 Piazzetta was elected a member of the Clementine Academy of Bologna, and, on the foundation of the Venetian Academy in 1750, he was made its first director and teacher of drawing from the nude. By the 1740s he owned an active studio concentrating on church commissions and genre scenes.

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