Wicar, Jean Baptiste Joseph
Portrait of Francesco Bogazzi di Carrara
Wicar was a French painter, draughtsman, and collector. A popular painter of portraits and history paintings in the style of David, he was elected to the Accademia di S Luca, Rome, and other academies in Milan and Bologna. Though little is known about Francesco Bogazzi di Carrara, Wicar has done well to capture the sitter’s individuality. The artist opted to focus on the sitter’s short, but rather curly coiffure. Each line of hair is distinguishable from the other; Wicar also took the time to carefully draw di Carrara’s scruffy beard. Although the sitter stares off into the distance, his eyes command attention. They are quite large, and make one wonder what the figure is gazing at off frame. The detailed handling of this study suggests that Wicar made it in preparation for a painting of Francesco Bogazzi di Carrara.