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Artist, attributed to: Lorenzo Baldissera Tiepolo, Italian, 1736–1776
Artist, formerly attributed to: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian, Venice, 1696–1770

Head of a Woman

ca. 1760

Black and red chalk, with stumping, on white paper

sheet: 32.3 × 22.6 cm (12 11/16 × 8 7/8 in.)
Gift of Robert Lehman, B.A. 1913
1941.298
Lorenzo Baldissera Tiepolo is considerably less well known than is his father, Giambattista, or his brother Giovanni Domenico. He trained in the family workshop and in 1762 traveled with his family from Venice to Madrid, where he remained after Giambattista’s death and Giovanni Domenico’s departure. Lorenzo’s work consists primarily of genre scenes and half-length saints or allegorical figures in paint and pastel. Most of the drawings attributed to him are head studies in multicolored chalk, like this example. While the angle of this head and the way the drawing stops abruptly at the lower right suggest that the head was to be inserted into a more elaborate composition, very few of Lorenzo’s drawings have been connected to his finished works in oil or pastel, and this and similar studies were perhaps simply exercises in rendering expression.
Culture: 
Italian
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Provenance: 

Luigi Grassi, Florence (L. 1171b); his sale, Sotheby's, London, 13 May 1924, lot 119; Robert Lehman, New York.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 6, 201–2, 251, no. 67, ill.

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