Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Tailpiece Design
Red chalk over red chalk counter-proof on laid paper on laid paper mount
9 5/16 x 12 3/8 inches (237 x 314 mm); with sheet outer border: 10 3/16 x 13 3/16 inches (259 x 335 mm); sheet inner border: 9 5/16 x 12 3/8 inches (237 x 314 mm)
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Vignettes like this scene appear at the end of each canto of Giovanni Battista Albrizzi's edition of Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata. This design was used as the tailpiece to Canto VIII in the first edition and was reengraved with a number of small changes for the second. The present sheet is a reworked counterproof of a counterproof (currently in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg) pulled from a drawing preserved in the Biblioteca Reale, Turin. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

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.

Sheep-Sheering: Tailpiece Design, Canto VIII, Tasso, Torquato, La Gerusalemme Liberata (same direction).

Associated names: 

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