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Anton Maria Zanetti the Elder (1680-1767)

A self-portrait in carnival costume, sketching c. 1740

Pen and ink | 28.5 x 20.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 907419

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The drawing was placed as the tailpiece to an album of caricatures by Zanetti and Marco Ricci of Venetian society – actors and opera singers, the local aristocracy and northern European nobility on the Grand Tour. Here Zanetti caricatures himself, wearing a carnival costume and drawing an opera singer in a full-length gown.