Young Man Holding a Book

sketch of man in robes holding book

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770)
Young Man Holding a Book, ca. 1758
Pen, brown ink and brown wash on paper
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (21.6 x 14 cm)
Bequest of Charles A. Ryskamp, 2010
Photo Michael Bodycomb


With economical touches of the pen and brush, the Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo—a master of the ink medium—deftly conveys this standing male figure's form, features, and placement in space. The work most likely belongs to a series of drawings of clothed figures known as the Sole Figure Vestite, which the artist produced for reference, experimentation, and the demonstration of his virtuosic technique.

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