[Pier Leone Ghezzi]Il Famoso Cav.re delle Caricature
Etching, platemark 335 x 205mm (13¼ x 8"), large margins.
Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674-1755), painter, draughtsman, antiquarian and musician, regarded as the first professional caricaturist. He also painted decorative frescoes and developed a new and realistic form of history painting. Based in Rome, Ghezzi moved freely amongst the Italian nobility, even associating with Pope Clement XI. His satirical portraits include one of Vivaldi and several British grand tourists. He made thousands of drawings, many of which he assembled in several volumes titled 'Mondo nuovo' [New World], now in the Biblioteca Apostolica in the Vatican. In this portrait Ghezzi is shown standing in front of a classical sculpture, referencing his love of the Antique, as seen through many drawings of cameos , coins and vases (an important volume of which is in the British Museum). Etched by Carl Marcus Tuscher (1705-51), German artist who first travelled to Rome in 1728, where he produced drawings for Johann Joachim Winckelmann's book on the gemstones belonging to the collector Philipp von Stosch (who Ghezzi caricatured). Tuscher made this print in London, where he arrived in 1741 with the intention of establishing an academy of art.
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