Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Drawings for Book Illustrations
Variously executed in red and black chalk, graphite, and pen and brown ink, on paper.
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Disbound and housed in solander boxes.
Decorated title page by another hand, pen and black ink with gray wash; lettered, "Raccolta / delle opere / piu segnalate in disegno / a lapis rosso e nero / inventate e delineate dal celebre / Giambatista Piazzetta / Veneto pittore".
The drawings from the Kress Album were done for two different projects: "La Gerusalemme Liberata," produced in 1745 by the Venetian publisher Giovanni Battista Albrizzi, and "Studi di pittura," an instructional book with anatomical studies for beginning draughtsmen published by Albrizzi in 1760, a copy of which is in the Museo Correr, Venice.

Sir William Eden, 5th Baronet of Maryland and 7th Baronet of West Auckland, England; Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence; acquired in 1932 by Samuel H. Kress, New York; Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York.
Associated names: 

Auckland, William Eden, Baron, 1744-1814, former owner.
Contini Bonacossi, Alessandro, former owner.
Kress, Samuel H. (Samuel Henry), 1863-1955, former owner.


Adams, Frederick B., Jr., comp. Twelfth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1962. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1963, p. 85-87.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 159.
Stampfle, Felice, and Jacob Bean. Drawings from New York collections. III: The eighteenth century in Italy. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1971, nos. 45, 47, repr.