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The apotheosis of a pope and martyr

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolocirca 1780-1785

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

This ceiling sketch shows the apotheosis of a pope. Angels hold his tiara (above) and his staff with a triple cross (below). The palm held by one of the cherubs is a symbol of martyrdom, but the identity of this martyr-pope remains mysterious. The brown ground used to prepare the canvas is left uncovered around the edges. The picture still has a discoloured varnish and areas of restoration have become more apparent with age.

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  • Title: The apotheosis of a pope and martyr
  • Creator: Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
  • Date Created: circa 1780-1785
  • Physical Dimensions: 82.2 x 44.2 cm stretcher; 99.5 x 61.3 x 5.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Société pour le commerce des tableaux, S.A., Paris, 1966-23 Mar 1970, Paris/France, Sold to James Fairfax through Heim Gallery, London, 23 March 1970. Heim commission book, Getty Research Institute. James Oswald Fairfax AC, 23 Mar 1970-22 Jun 1995, Bowral/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of James Fairfax 1995. Purchased by James Fairfax through Heim Gallery, London 1970.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of James Fairfax AC 1995
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: Italy

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