Ottavio VANNINI - 1585 - 1644
Seated Male Figure with Book
Florentine School

Black chalk
On prepared paper

40.2 X 30.6 cm

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Circle with mount

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Ottavio Vannini, born in Florence in 1585, was a pupil of Domenico Passignano with whom he collaborated in Rome in the beginning of the seventeenth century. He then returned to Tuscany in 1717, where a year later he was accepted into the Accademia del Disegno. In Florence he became a principal decorator for the Medici family, works of his can be found in the Poggio Imperiale of 1618, in the Palazzo dell'Antella of 1619, in the Casino Mediceo between 1622 and 1623, and finally Palazzo Pitti in 1639. In the later years of his activity he worked for the del Rosso family of Florence. Ottavio Vannini died in his native city in 1644. 

The greater part of his graphic oeuvre is in the Uffizi in Florence, while the Louvre and Beaux Arts in Lille have a collection of model studies by him. Ottavio Vannini's style was puristic and his predominantly chalk drawings were always executed very freely. A "Seated young Man with Book" in the Musee des Beaux Arts in Lille (, a "Leaning Man with Hat" in the Musee du Louvre ( and a "Man with Crutches" and a "The Study for Lorenzo il Magnifico" both in the Gabinetto del Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence (inv.nos.903F and F.C.128749) are identical to the present drawing in style and technique. All of these drawings are dated to the 1630's, a dating that must also be assigned to the present drawing.


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