A Young Standard Bearer

Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista (1682/83-1754) | Painter


Exhausted, a boy leans against a stone plinth, holding a flag. The strong light causing the white of the flag to stand out in the darkness gives the scene a dramatic mood. Even if the boy probably is not associated with a specific historical event, it seems as if a great story is condensed within this single figure. An agent of Elector Friedrich August II of Saxony purchased this painting – along with the representation of David (Gal. No. 570) – directly from the artist in Venice.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1742
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 571