(Venice 1682-1754), A young woman offering a dog a biscuit, oil on canvas, 45.8 x 38 cm, framed,
Certificate: Dr. George Knox, Vancouver (December 2010). George Knox, upon examining a photograph of the present painting, calls his traditional attribution to Lorenzo Tiepolo into question. He sees the origin of the motif, which recurs comparably frequently in Piazzetta’s drawn oeuvre, in the art of Giuseppe Maria Crespi. Knox compares our painting to Piazzetta’s drawing "A woman with flowers in her hair" (sale, Sotheby's, New York, 14 Jan. 1992, lot 100). Knox writes: "The present canvas has something of the intimacy of the portrait about it. The face is not idealized and the dog is no generalized animal. The reddish hair – cf. Giulia Lama in Mariuz 1982 (II and III) … and the crimson dress are no routine details, and do not recall any other leading member of the Piazzetta studio. Everything about the picture leads back to Piazzetta himself...". We are grateful to Dr. George Knox for his kind assistance in cataloguing this work.
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