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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo


 



 

Giambattista Tiepolo

(b Venice, 5 March 1696; d Madrid, 27 March 1770).

He was the most renowned painter of 18th-century Italy and the last great representative of the grand tradition in Italian art. He was especially gifted as a draughtsman and as a painter in fresco. His fresco cycles and religious and mythological canvases demonstrate that he also possessed a sensitive appreciation of his patrons’ requirements, together with a talent, unique in his time, to project narrative and devotional subject-matter with dramatic force. He enjoyed international patronage and painted fresco cycles that glorify such distinguished patrons as Prince Karl Philipp von Greiffenklau of Würzburg and Charles III of Spain. He also painted moving religious works—images of the Virgin, the sufferings of the saints, miracles and Old and New Testament scenes—for a wide spectrum of patrons, among them small and large confraternities, urban and provincial churches, private citizens and religious orders. Apelles Painting the Portrait of Campaspe (c. 1725–7; Montreal, Mus. F.A.) states the themes of his art. Apelles, court painter to Alexander the Great (here a self-portrait of Tiepolo), paints Campaspe, Alexander’s mistress (modelled by Cecilia Guardi). Behind them two large completed canvases, the Brazen Serpent and the Marriage of SS Cecilia and Valerian, rest against giant pilasters. Also in the background are an immense antique sculpture, the celebrated Farnese Hercules, and a distant loggia inspired by Jacopo Sansovino. The parallels are evident: like Apelles, Tiepolo worked for the ruling class. His paintings dealt with the great themes of the Western pictorial tradition, and the setting reveals his allegiance both to antiquity and to the artistic heritage of Venice.



 


Education of the Virgin

1732
Oil on canvas
S. Maria della Consolazione (Fava), Venice
 

 


The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew
1722
Oil on canvas, 167 x 139 cm
San Stae, Venice

   
   


Frescoes in the Patriarchal Palace in Udine



1726

 


The Three Angels Appearing to Abraham

1726-1729
Fresco, 4000 x 2000 cm
Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine


 

Rachel Hiding the Idols from her Father Laban

1726-29
Fresco, 4000 x 5000 cm
Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine


 

The Sacrifice of Isaac

1726-29
Fresco, 4000 x 5000 cm
Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine


 

Hagar in the Wilderness

1726-1729
Fresco
Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine


 

Jacob's Dream
1726-29
Fresco
Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine


 

The Judgment of Solomon

1726-29
Fresco, 360 x 655 cm
Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine


 

The Prophet Isaiah

1726-29
Fresco, 200 x 250 cm
Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine


 

The Rape of Europa

c. 1725
Oil on canvas, 99 x 134 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
 
 

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