The Drunkenness of Noah by Giuseppe Piatolli


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(Florence, 1750-1815)

The Drunkenness of Noah

Pen and brown ink on paper.

114 x 183 mm – 4 1/2 x 7 3/16 in.

Born in Florence in 1750, Giuseppe Piattoli studied drawing with his father Gaetano, a portrait painter. A draftsman and engraver appreciated, in particular for his series of illustrations of popular proverbs and common trades in Florence in the 18th century, he was a professor at the Florence Academy between 1785 and 1807. He liked, among other things, to retrace with a satirical vein,  costumes of the time.
This sheet comes from an album of drawings which contained sixty sketches by Giuseppe Piattoli, thirty-seven of which were made in watercolor and gouache while the other twenty-three were in pen and brown ink. Twenty-seven related scenes from the life of Arlotto Mainardi (1396-1484), rector of the Church of S. Cresci in Macinoli near Fiesole.

The style of the pen and brown ink drawings, which ours is a part, is close to the sheets published in Master Drawings (Vol. XVI, n ° 4) by Professor Ugo Ruggieri in 1978, kept today in the municipal library of Forli (inv. 159-167) and in the Metropolitan Museum in New York (inv. 80.3.373 and 80.3.352).

Condition report – Good condition.