Head of an African boy

G. Knox, Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo. A study and catalogue raisonné of the chalk drawings, Oxford, 1980, I, p. 247, no. M300.

Giovanni Domenico Bossi, with associated price code 'No. 3132. X.rs 48.' (verso), and by descent to Maria Theresa Karoline Bossi.

Karl Christian Friedrich Beyerlen; H.G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 27-8 March 1882.

Possibly anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 13 July 1937, lot 34 ('A study of a Morrish page. Black and white chalk: 8¼ x 13¼ in.').

About Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo’s first teacher was his father, the infamous and accomplished Italian Renaissance artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Though sometimes remembered in art history as having lived under his father’s shadow, Tiepolo developed his own style and began independently working for commissions starting at the age of 20. He produced paintings, engravings, and drawings for both secular and religious purposes. Among his most famous works were the frescoes depicting scenes from commedia dell’arte, a celebrated early form of improvisational theater. This subject became an important motif in many of Tiepolo’s later works: His mature paintings often featured a central protagonist named “Punchinello,” a clown inspired by characters from the commedia (and a precursor to Punch of "Punch and Judy".)

Italian, 1727-1804, Venice, Italy, based in Venice, Italy