Head of a Woman Artist, attributed to: Lorenzo Baldissera Tiepolo (Italian, 1736–1776)
Artist, formerly attributed to: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice, 1696–1770)

ca. 1760

Prints and Drawings

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.


Black and red chalk, with stumping, on white paper


sheet: 12 11/16 × 8 7/8 in. (32.3 × 22.6 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Lehman, B.A. 1913

Accession Number



18th century


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


WM: "AS" with a trefoil above and "C" below


Annotated with pen and dark brown ink, BR: "Tiepolo"; and with graphite, reverse, top L: "47"; and at BL: "12"

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