Giovanni Battista Cipriani ( Italian, active in England, 1727 - 1785 )
In 1750, Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cipriani traveled from Florence to Rome, where he came into contact with English artists on the Grand Tour, the customary trip around Italy that complemented a classical education for upper-class young men. He became friendly with architect William Chambers and sculptor Joseph Wilton, proponents of a Neoclassical style. Chambers and Wilton eventually persuaded Cipriani to settle in London, where he was immediately in demand as one of the first exponents of the developing Neoclassicism. He was admitted to the Royal Academy in England as a painter, but he was best known for his engravings and drawings of antique subjects. This drawing of a nude nymph holding an antique vase, done in pencil and red chalk, is representative of the clarity of his draftsmanship and his careful attention to the tone and texture of flesh.