Rosaspina's Zeichnungsschule [Rosaspina's Drawing School], after Felice Giani
37.4 cm x 4.7 cm (14 3/4 in. x 1 7/8 in.)
(Faenza, Italy, before 1780 - 1841, Bologna, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2008
Francesco Rosaspina was the leading printmaker in late eighteenth-century Bologna and a professor at its academy. Here he appears as the older, heavy-set figure in topcoat seated at the right end of the table as he supervises a class of young draftsmen. Tomba studied with Rosapina and carried on his activity as a reproductive engraver. He conceived this print as a tribute to his teacher, with its fine order and meticulous execution conferring a special dignity.