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Caricature of Don Gioacchino full length in profile, looking to right; drawing from an album.
Pen and brown ink over black chalk
- Production date
- 1752 (22 November)
Height: 323 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 228 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1859,0806.91 for comment and description of album.
This full length caricature represents the Chapelain of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Don Gioacchino who, according to the inscriptions on the stone tablets at his feet, was also confessor in that church during the Jubilee . The lengthy inscription on the album tells that Don Gioacchino was inside the basilica at the time this was being refurbished and lifted his head shouting in Roman dialect "hoy, who has been spitting?". Ghezzi observes that as he was Roman he would use that dialect and manage to remain gracious, even though not for very long. Ghezzi continues saying that Don Gioacchino has travelled extensively all over the world and that he wrote some memoires when he was in Gerusalem and other foreign countries. Also that he copied all the epigraphs on the memorial stones which were in the basilica, as the architect [Ferdinando] Fuga had tore them all down without keeping a record. According to Ghezzi Don Gioacchino, who was a very erudite man, had preserved all the records.
The identity of Don Gioacchino has not been established.
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