Friday, December 9, 2016


Tiepolo Giovanni Battista (1696/ 1770), oil, 39 cm x 68 cm

Bozzetto is an Italian term that refers to a comprehensive color sketch to work out an overall composition. It often intended for approval by a client or patron, or else to work out the ensemble for the satisfaction of the artist. It is usually undertaken without models or reference.

Antonio Canova, terra cotta bozzetto of Adam and Eve.
Bozzetto can also refer to a sculptor's study of a figural grouping to establish the broad masses, typically executed in terra cotta.
Synonyms: Maquette (French word for sculptural sketch), Modello (Another Italian word for a comprehensive oil sketch).


Pilgrim said...

There appears to be three figures in that second image. Is one supposed to represent God?

Smurfswacker said...

I presume they are mourning the dead Abel.

Gary said...

Anyone heading to Würzburg Germany? The Mainfränkisches Museum at the Festung (Castle) has a "Bozzetti-Sammlung" or collection of small statue sketches. It also has my favorite work of German art: Tilman Riemenschneider's Trauernde Maria aus Acholshausen. I have been in love with her for years.