114. [Italian school]
Attributed to BELLOTTO, Barnardo
Drawing, pen and brown ink, 5,8 x 6,7 cm, underlaid paper, unsigned, numbered in lower right corner "p. 8" (loss of paper at right edge and lower edge not affecting the image, sm. dampstains).
Stuck by upper corners under 19th-c. passe-partout with attribution in hand-drawn cartouche.
Three noblemen on horseback. The drawing is attributed to Bellotto (1722-1780) on the passe-partout and shows some striking similarities to the very linear drawing style of the Venetian painter, where he mastered the ability of rendering his figures with a few frivolous lines. The sheet was probably part of a larger study sheet or sketchbook.
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