Gaspare Diziani

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Gaspare Diziani
The Virgin of Sorrows
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, with white opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on laid paper.
22 5/16 x 13 15/16 inches (567 x 354 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows.
B. Jonzen, England; P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., London.

Adams, Frederick B., Jr., comp. Thirteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1963 & 1964. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1964, p. 102.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 141.


Ruled border with arched top in pen and brown ink.
The sheet is made up of two sections joined together.
In this large, finished drawing, the grief-stricken Virgin laments the death of Christ, her heart pierced with swords symbolic of her Seven Sorrows. Diziani was a pupil of Giambattista Tiepolo's first teacher, Gregorio Lazzarini (1657-1730), and of Sebastiano Ricci, whose style as a draftsman this work reflects. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

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Jonzen, B., former owner.

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