Antonio “Anton” Maria di Zanetti [1680-1757]
Oil on canvas
14 x 20 inches [unframed] | 22 x 30 inches [framed]
Signed at lower left : ‘ZANETTI’ and dated in pencil and paint along the lower middle edge : ‘1754’.
Relined and re-stretched on new supports. Antique frame.
Antonio Maria di Zanetti learned to draw at age 14. He engraved a series of 12 plates of heads and figures. Later he travelled in Italy and to France and England, where he visited and studied the finest collections. He made a large number of wood-block chiaroscuro engravings. These include two series and a collection of 90 plates, with a portrait of Zanetti engraved by Faldoni after Rosalba Carriera. He also wrote several books on art. He bought many drawings at the Earl of Arundel’s sale, mainly by Raphael and Parmigianino. He signed his work with the interlaced letters: A, M and Z.
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