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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682-1754)

Two girls with a bird-cage and a youth with a gun c.1720

RCIN 991252

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In addition to his paintings, Piazzetta produced many drawings of heads in black and white chalks. These were intended to be framed and hung, and their blue paper has in most cases faded to a pale buff. Here the caged bird symbolises the girl’s virginity and the youth with the gun is hunting, a common metaphor for amorous pursuit.