Piazzetta: a tercentenary exhibition of drawings, prints, and books (catalogue to accompany an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 20 November 1983-26 February 1984)
Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, 1983
(29 cm), 258 pp., 108 plates, 22 text illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A survey of the problems presented by Piazzetta’s drawings, divided into five categories: academic nudes, compositional studies for paintings, figure and head studies for paintings, heads and portraits (têtes de caractère), and designs for the engraver, largely book illustrations, and the corresponding engravings. The latter category, relatively neglected by scholars in the past, is by far the most numerous: some 450 such drawings commissioned by various publishers have survived. One of the appendices to the catalogue provides a study of Piazzetta’s drawings for Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata (Hermitage, Leningrad) and analyses all the material relating to these illustrations. ¶ Fine copy.