Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
1696-1770
Christ and the Adulteress
Pen and dark brown ink on light brown paper; extraneous traces of red chalk.
10 3/4 x 16 13/16 inches (273 x 427 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
1983.49
Inscription: 

Inscribed on verso, in graphite, "G.B."

Provenance: 
Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de St. Saphorin, Switzerland; Alfred Bovet, Switzerland?; Eugène Burnand, Sepey, Switzerland (no mark; see Lugt S. 314d); acquired in 1972 in Geneva by János Scholz, New York (see Lugt S. 2933b).
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 304.

Notes: 

Watermark: none.
Inscription attributed by János Scholz to Rene de Cérenville (1875-1968).
Although formerly attributed to Giambattista Tiepolo, whose drawings it somewhat resembles, this impressive, large sketch is instead an early work by his son Domenico. Domenico entered his father's workshop about 1740. The sheet is identical in style to a number of other drawings, some of which bear the signature of the younger artist. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

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Saint-Saphorin, Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de, 1738-1805, former owner.
Bovet, Alfred, 1859- former owner.
Burnand, Eugène, 1850-1921, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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