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Caricature of Abate Gigli facing to the left: drawing in an album.
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Height: 105 millimetres
Width: 80 millimetres
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- See 1859,0806.91 for comment and description of album.
The inscription states that the sitter was a son of Girolamo Gigli, who wrote the 'Don Pilone', and that he was at the service of Cardinal Cavalchini.
This is one of the twelve children of the sienese writer and playwright Girolamo Gigli (1660-1722) and Laurenzia Perfetti. They married very young in 1675.
According to Gigli's biographer Francesco Corsetti, of the male children that survived, the eldest called Germanico became a Gesuit, two were at the service of cardinals and one was canon of the Collegiata of Maria Vergine in Provenzano (see F. Corsetti alias Oresbio Agièo, Vita di Girolamo Gigli Sanese ..., Florence 1749, p. 3). The sitter of this drawing is one of the two working for cardinals, and the inscription mentions Cardinal Carlo Alberto Guidobono Cavalchini (1683-1774).
The 'Don Pilone, ovvero il bacchettone falso' (1711) was a comedy adaptation of 'Le Tartuffe' by Molière.
A half-length caricature of the sitter's father Girolamo is found in the Vatican Library, Codice Ottoboniano Latino 3112, c. 124 (G. Rostirolla, Il 'Mondo novo' musicale di Pier Leone Ghezzi, Milan 2001, no. 15, pp. 86 and 275 and M.C. Dorati da Empoli, 'Pier Leone Ghezzi. Un protagonista del Settecento romano', Rome 2008, p. 179 and Digi.Vatlib.it for an illustration).
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