Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Three Masks Drawn over Sketch of a Sandaled Foot. Verso: Study of a Sandaled Foot.
Pen and brown ink, black chalk, on paper.
7 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches (201 x 258 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.

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On same mat as 1966.11:45.
Together with 1966.11:43 and 45, these studies, drawn in Piranesi's late style, also date from his time in Pompeii near the end of his life. The masks are similar to those found in many paintings, mosaics, and tombs at Pompeii, for example the masks at the tomb of the Istacidi family, located outside the city's Herculaneum Gate (show in situ in another of Piranesi's views, a sheet now in Copenhagen). 1966.11:45 was once joined to the bottom of this sheet.


Numbered at lower left, in graphite, "76".

Mrs. J.P. Morgan, New York; by descent to her sons Junius S. Morgan, Princeton and Paris (no mark, see Lugt 1536) and Henry S. Morgan, New York.
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Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.


Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 44, repr.