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Two numbered caricatures: Monsignor Maggi, Canon of Saint Peter's; head and shoulders, facing left, seen on profile (1); a cook of the Falconieri household; head and shoulders, facing left, seen in profile; with a prominent nose (2)
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 170 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 224 millimetres
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- See curatorial comment for 1871,0812.818.
The caricature on the left is likely Melchiorre Maggi who Ghezzi portrays also in a full-length caricature in the Vatican Library, Codice Ottoboniano Latino 3118, c. 98 (see Maria Cristina Dorati da Empoli, 'Pier Leone Ghezzi. Un protagonista del Settecento Romano', Rome 2008, p. 295 and digi.vatlib.it). While the inscriptions on both the present drawing and the one in the Vatican indicate Ghezzi is referring to the same person, the features in the two caricatures are different. Ghezzi mentions Melchiorre Maggi also in his ‘Memorie’ (cit., p. 61). The Vatican caricature is dated 1734.
A Monsignor Melchiorre Maggi, was at the Accademia dell’Arcadia as Dameta Clitorio, recorded as born in Florence in ‘Adunanza tenuta dagli Arcadi in onore de i fondatori d'Arcadia aggiuntavi una lettera intorno a i luoghi, ove le arcadiche adunanze si sono sin'ora tenute’, Rome 1753, p. 2. The same publication describes him as Commissario delle Armi Pontificie (cit., p. 3), same title added by Ghezzi’s in his caricature at the Vatican. Elsewhere Maggi is recorded as born in Urbino (Claudio de Dominicis, ‘Amministrazione Pontificia 1716-1870. Repertorio Biografico’ Rome 2017 (online resource), 'Chi era chi', vol. II, ad vocem).
Maggi was Governor of Loreto from 1712 to 1721 (Monaldo Leopardi, ‘La Santa Casa di Loreto [...]’, Lugano 1841, p. 218).
The caricature on the right represents a cook from the Falconieri's household, likely that of Cardinal Alessandro.
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