A young woman kissing Minerva’s hand with other figures (recto); Nude study of a seated man (verso)
black chalk, pen and black and brown ink, black and brown wash, heightened with white, on brown paper (recto); red chalk (verso)
1134 x 1614 in. (30 x 41 cm)
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Carlo Alberto Baratta was a versatile artist and prolific draftsman from Genoa. Baratta lived in a transitional period when the taste for the Rococo was being replaced by the new Neoclassical style. His drawings, characterized by an abundant use of black wash and white heightening, were greatly admired for their painterly qualities by collectors already in his own time (M. Newcome, ‘Drawings by Carlo Alberto Baratta’, Studi di Storia dellArte, XXIV, 2013, pp. 261-262). The present composition can be compared with Minerva seated on clouds in Florence in the Uffizi (inv. 7247; see M. Newcome-Schleier, Disegni genovesi dal XVI al XVIII, Florence, 1989, no. 114, ill).

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