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Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-Venice 1730)

Farinelli in walking dress c.1729-30

Pen and ink | 31.8 x 11.8 cm | RCIN 907293

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Carlo Broschi (1705–85), known by his stage name ‘Farinelli’, was the most celebrated of the Italian castrati. This drawing was probably made when he performed in Venice during the carnival season of 1729–30. Ricci caricatures the singer’s slim build, thick eyebrows and protruding teeth.