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Studj Di Pittura Già Dissegnati Da Giambatista Piazzetta Ed Ora Con L'Intaglio Di Marco Pitteri Pubblicati A Spese Di Giambatista Albrizzi Sotto Gli Auspicj Di Sua Eccellenza Carlo Conte, E Signore De Firmian.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Studi di Pittura


In Venezia,: MDCCLX, Con Privilegio Dell' Eccellentissimo Senato.

Physical Description

[16] p., 11, [1] f., frontis., LII pl.; 287×415 mm. (Oblong ).

General Note

Plate XXIX is misnumbered as XIX; plate L carries no number.


[Frontis., t.p., dedic., privilege] - Prefazione Dell'Editore, Giambatista Albrizzi - Memorie Intorno Alla Vita Di Giambatista Piazzetta - Associati Nella Presente Opera - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed, except plate 'L', signed as designed by Piazzetta and engraved by G. Giampicoli. According to Grove, of the first forty-eight plates the first plate in each pair was engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi.

The tailpiece of the short Life of Piazzetta (incorporating a portrait of Piazzetta) is signed 'Piazzetta f. 1738'.

The work is dedicated to 'Carlo Conte, E Signore De Firmian' by the publisher, Giambatista Albrizzi, for whom Piazzetta illustrated some sixty publications.


S. Boorsch, Venetian Prints And Books In The Age Of Tiepolo [exhibition catalogue] (1997), p.20-1, 42; The Glory of Venice, ed. J. Martineau [Royal Academy exhibition catalogue] (1994-5), no.89; Da Carlevarijs ai Tiepolo: incisori veneti e friulani del settecento, ed. D. Succi [exhibition catalogue] (1983); Il libro illustrato nel settecento a Venezia, ed. T. Gasparrini Leporace [exhibition catalogue] (1955); A. Ravà, Marco Pitteri incisore veneziano [1922].

Summary Note

The text consists of fifteen chapters on the art of painting: Delle qualità convenienti ad un Giovanetto voglioso di apprendere la Pittura; Della elezione del Maestro; Come lo Scolare s'abbia a contenere col Maestro; Della utilità del Copiare de opere de' gran Maestri; Del Colorito; Di quanto sia necessario il valersi del vero; Della Teorica, e della Pratica; Della Simmetria; Della Notomia; Della Prospettiva; Della Invenzione; Della Disposizione; Degli Affetti; Del Costume; Della Grazia.

The first forty-eight plates form pairs, each pair showing one composition in two manners of representation. In Pitteri Piazzetta had one of the most able etchers of his chalk drawings. Pitteri adopts Faldoni's method of etching long parallel lines and by selectively exaggerating their raggedness imbues them with great subtlety.

The book is a tribute from Albrizzi to Piazzetta, who had provided illustrations for more than sixty of Albrizzi's publications, most famously the Gerusalemme Liberata of 1745.


Acquired by 1802. Recorded in A Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Binding Note

19th-century black half calf, green cloth-covered boards; red morocco spine-label, lettered 'Piazetta Studi Di Pittura Intagliati Da Pitteri'; spine also lettered 'R.A. 1760'.

Name as Subject


Painting - Drawing
Manuals - Pattern drawings - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Etchings - Italy - 18th century


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