29.3 cm x 21.6 cm (11 9/16 in. x 8 1/2 in.)
(Venice, Italy, 1707 - 1769, Venice, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Pen and iron gall ink on cream antique laid paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Fontebasso was, with Gaspare Diziani, the most interesting of the secondary masters in 18th-century Venice. His style was based upon Sebastiano Ricci’s extroverted color and drama, but simplified in design, infused with a more textured realism gathered from early experiences in Rome and Bologna, and touched by the lighter palette of Tiepolo. Monumental in construction yet charming and vibrant, with its trademark hatching recalling Fontebasso’s significant activity as an etcher, this is one of his finest drawings.