{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 16320, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/16320", "Disp_Access_No" : "2017.1294", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "circa 1720", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1715", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1725", "Disp_Title" : "Saint John the Baptist", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "Saint John the Baptist", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Giovanni Battista Piazzetta", "Sort_Artist" : "Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista", "Disp_Dimen" : "47.1 cm x 40.5 cm (18 9/16 in. x 15 15/16 in.)", "Disp_Height" : "47.1 cm", "Disp_Width" : "40.5 cm", "Dimen_Extent" : "Sheet", "Medium" : "Black and white chalks on gray-green paper laid down on blue antique laid paper", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Black and white chalks on gray-green paper laid down on blue antique laid paper", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Along with Sebastiano Ricci, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta was responsible for revitalizing Venetian painting and inaugurating its second great age. Schooled in Bologna, Piazzetta learned a naturalism based upon systematic drawing, featuring intense chiaroscuro, and dedicated to dramatic expression. Reconciling this conception with the flickering light and personalized brushwork of his native tradition, while rejecting its bright palette and decorativeness, Piazzetta brought new life to the school’s tired formulae. Unlike many compatriots, he would rarely pursue monumental decoration and never work outside Venice. He did, however, bring to religious and genre subjects a force of visual sensation and human characterization equal to that of the early Baroque. This is a preparatory study for a painting of Saint John the Baptist at Rovigo. Drawn from a model, it demonstrates Piazzetta’s foundation in academic practice but inclination toward more selective description, varied touch, and sincere feeling. Indeed, this figure is especially present and powerful even for Piazzetta. It reveals at how early a stage the artist determined the eventual pose, chiaroscuro, and expression of the painting. Not least, this drawing predicts Piazzetta’s life-size chalk “heads of characters,” which would become the most celebrated and reproduced drawings in eighteenth-century Venice. The museum possesses two other drawings and two fine paintings by Piazzetta as well as numerous prints by his best interpreters. 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This is an excellent example of this stage in the artist’s preparatory process. Distinctive to Piazzetta’s interpretation, these elements were no sooner established than taken in a painterly direction, with their tonality differentiated and light accelerated by a splintering of line, stumping of black chalk, and dashing with white. Recently identified, this study has been connected with the protagonist in the Judith and Holofernes in the Scuola del Carmine, Venice. While there are some discrepancies, the general posture and suggestion of dramatic motion do correspond. A subsequent stage in Piazzetta’s preparatory process at around the same date can be seen in the Collection’s oil sketch for his altarpiece at Cortona ", "Dedication" : "Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017", "Copyright_Type" : "Public domain", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "drawing", "Creation_Place2" : "Italian", "Department" : "Prints and Drawings", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2017.1292.tif", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2017.1292.tif", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2017.1292.tif", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2017.1292.tif", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "5326", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 16195, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/16195", "Disp_Access_No" : "2017.1295", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "0", "_Disp_End_Date" : "0", "Disp_Title" : "Study for a Penitent Magdalen", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "Study for a Penitent Magdalen", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Giovanni Battista Piazzetta", "Sort_Artist" : "Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista", "Disp_Dimen" : "32.8 cm x 24 cm (12 15/16 in. x 9 7/16 in.)", "Disp_Height" : "32.8 cm", "Disp_Width" : "24 cm", "Dimen_Extent" : "Sheet", "Medium" : "Black and white chalks on blue antique laid paper, faded to gray-green", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Black and white chalks on blue antique laid paper, faded to gray-green", "Info_Page_Comm" : "", "Dedication" : "Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017", "Copyright_Type" : "Public domain", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "drawing", "Creation_Place2" : "Italian", "Department" : "Prints and Drawings", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2017.1295.tif", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2017.1295.tif", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2017.1295.tif", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2017.1295.tif", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "5795", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 16202, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/16202", "Disp_Access_No" : "2017.1296", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1710s", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1710", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1710", "Disp_Title" : "Study of a Male Nude as Hercules", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "Study of a Male Nude as Hercules", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Giovanni Battista Piazzetta", "Sort_Artist" : "Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista", "Disp_Dimen" : "33.4 cm x 24.5 cm (13 1/8 in. x 9 5/8 in.)", "Disp_Height" : "33.4 cm", "Disp_Width" : "24.5 cm", "Dimen_Extent" : "Sheet", "Medium" : "Black chalk with touches of red chalk on cream antique laid paper, laid down", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Black chalk with touches of red chalk on cream antique laid paper, laid down", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Piazzetta brought to Venetian painting a pungent naturalism that had largely escaped the school in the 17th century. To the school’s draftsmanship he introduced the systematic practice that he had learned in the Bolognese academy and upon which that naturalism was predicated. The first stage in that practice consisted of life drawing from a model in the studio. This is an especially fine and fresh example of such a study from Piazzetta’s informally organized Venetian academy. While the study is admirably correct, with gravity palpable and notation sure, it remains conspicuously Venetian in a light that seems to pervade the sheet, absorb form, and coarsen surface.", "Dedication" : "Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017", "Copyright_Type" : "Public domain", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "drawing", "Creation_Place2" : "Italian", "Department" : "Prints and Drawings", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2017.1296.tif", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2017.1296.tif", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2017.1296.tif", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2017.1296.tif", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "5794", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }