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Two saints.

Venetian School, first half of the 18th century

Brown wash over pen and ink and pen and wash over traces of black chalk. Silhouette (2): c.a. 17.4 x 10.8 cm and 18.2 x 9.5 cm.

Vivid drawings, most likely intended to paste some correction on a larger composition. Possible even intended for a shadow theatre, which was common public feature in 18th century Venice.

So far the following attribution have been suggested to Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1675 - Venice  1745) and Antonio Guardi (1699 – Venice – 1760).

For Guardi see the similar handling in his large scale drawings Fasti Venziani (1740/50) in the Album I-III (Morassi 1975, cat. no 66 ff. and Barbero 2016, cat. no 29). 

 

£ 4000.-

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