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A young man touching the cheek of a young woman


RCIN 809071.d


An engraving and etching by Cattini reproducing a drawing of a young man touching the cheek of a young woman by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. Lettered within a printed border with the names of the artists and a dedication to Joseph Smith. Numbered below border: III. On watermarked paper.

A set of 14 prints by Cattini after drawings by Piazzetta was first published in 1743 by the Pasquali Press as the Icones ad vivum Expressae [Images taken from Life]. The set was reissued in 1754, 1763 and 1767, though the final edition included only eight prints. Cattini trained with the influential Venetian engravers Giovanni Antonio Faldoni and Marco Alvise Pitteri, adopting their technique with little cross-hatching. Each print in the set was dedicated to a wealthy Venetian nobleman or collector: this one is dedicated to Smith himself. Some of the drawings were in Smith's own collection, though this one has not been traced.


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