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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Felice Francesco Polanzani, Italian, 1700–1783

Portrait of Giovanni Battista Piranesi

1750

Etching and engraving

platemark: 38.6 × 28.9 cm (15 3/16 × 11 3/8 in.) framed: 67.3 × 55.25 × 2.85 cm (26 1/2 × 21 3/4 × 1 1/8 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.7
The best-known portrait of Piranesi is this engraving of him at age thirty, by the Venetian-born Felice Francesco Polanzani, with whom Piranesi was friendly in Rome. The portrait, appropriately, is in the form of an antique bust.
Geography: 
Made in Italy
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Italian
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 48, fig. 1.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.