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Details of gondola on a Venice canal
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Farinelli in walking dress


RCIN 907293

Carlo Broschi (1705–85), known by his stage name ‘Farinelli’, was the most celebrated of the Italian castrati. This drawing was probably made when he performed in Venice during the carnival season of 1729–30. Ricci caricatures the singer’s slim build, thick eyebrows and protruding teeth.

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