Carlo Marchionni
Rome 1702-Rome 1786
Five drawings of caricatures of Clerics Heads

Inscribed on mount Ghezzi., laid on a period mount

Pen and brown ink, grey wash

Overall size:114 x 90 mm. (4 x 3 in.) and smaller; including mount 246 x 356 mm. (9 5/8 x 14 in.)

The traditional period attribution of these drawings to Pier Leone Ghezzi is most plausible, however the work of Marchionni comes much closer1.

Carlo Marchionni was one of the most important architects of his generation. He won first prize in the Concorso Clementino at the Accademia di San Luca in 1728, and became official architect to Cardinal Albani.

Marchionni collected drawings and paintings, including works by Pier Leone Ghezzi, to whom these drawings were traditionally attributed.

1.Philadelphia Museum of Art, A. Percy & U.W. Hiesinger, entry by Thomas William Sokolowski, A Scholar Collects: Selections from the Anthony Morris Clark Bequest, 2 October 1980-4 January 1981, no.77. The attribution was suggested by Stefan Kekko. Also see Revue du Louvre, Vol. 3, 1993 Carlo Marchionni (1702-1786) deux albums de Dessins Acquis par le dpartement des arts graphiques du Louvre, pp.28-40.