GHEZZI, Pier Leone
(b. 1674, Roma, d. 1755, Roma)

Caricature of Composer Antonio Vivaldi

Ink drawing
British Library, London

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He was renowned across Europe as "The Red Priest."

Ghezzi's ink sketch, a caricature, shows Vivaldi's head and shoulders in profile.

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