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Caricature of Canon Testa; seen in profile, looking left, three-quarter length, holding a stick under his left arm; 1732
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Height: 225 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 159 millimetres
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- See curatorial comment for 1871,0812.818.
The inscription states that Canon Testa was nominated as such on 10 October 1732 and that in died in January 1753.
In 1702 Carlo Testa found at the hospice of Santa Galla (Rome) a society for the assistance of the poor, together with fellow cleric Girolamo Vaselli (see Gaetano Moroni, Dizionario di Erudizione Storico-Ecclesiastica […], Venice 1848, vol. XLIX, p. 17).
The dates indicated by Ghezzi are likely correct: Carlo Testa is recorded as Dean of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano by March 1740, when his friend Archbishop of Fermo, Girolamo Mattei, died (see Alessandro Borgia, 'Cronaca Fermana anni 1740 e 1741 tradotta da Emilio Tassi'; online resource luoghifermani.it). He was the latter's will executor. See also ibidem, 'anni 1753 e 1754', 1753.1 (January).
A figure standing in profile in a landscape in one of Ghezzi's frescoes at Villa Falconieri in Frascati is likely based on this caricature of Canon Testa.
Two full length caricatures of Testa are in the Vatican Library, Codice Ottoboniano Latino 3116, c. 41 and c. 130, respectively dated 1728 and 1732 (see Maria Cristina Dorati da Empoli, 'Pier Leone Ghezzi. Un protagonista del Settecento Romano', Rome 2008, pp. 230 and 244-45; and digi.vatlib.it).
See also Sothebys London, 10 December 1979, lot 114 (‘Caricatures Drawings by Pier Leone Ghezzi. The Property of The Rt. Hon. Lord Braybrooke’).
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