Caricature of a Cleric Wearing Spectacles

Carlo Maratti (Italian, 1625-1713)

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The fine art of caricature dates to Leonardo da Vinci and thereafter it was a fashionable pastime for such inventive draftsmen as the celebrated Italian religious painter Carlo Maratta.

When Pond engraved the drawing in 1742 for inclusion in his portfolio of 25 reproductions of caricatures by leading European artists, the original was in the possession of the London collector Richard Houlditch.

Object Information

artist
Carlo Maratti (Italian, 1625-1713)
materials
red chalk on off-white laid paper
dimensions
9-7/8 x 7-1/2 in.
mark descriptions
inscribed in ink, L.L.: Rymsdyk's Museum (Lugt 2167); stamped, L.R.: [Sir Joshua Reynold's (Lugt 2364)]; inscribed, verso, in ink, C.: a 4; watermark: Arms of Amsterdam (circa 1676)
accession number
1990.48
credit line
McKee Fine Arts Purchase Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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