Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 12 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Roman Matrons Making Offerings to Juno (1745/1755) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloHigh Museum of Art

'Born and trained in Venice, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo enjoyed an illustrious career as an eighteenth-century Baroque painter.'

The Meeting of Eliezer and Rebecca at the Well (1724/1728) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloFondazione Cariplo

'This is a subject that reappears with a certain frequency in Tiepolo's work and critics are divided as regards the authenticity of the different versions.'

Flight into Egypt (recto); Various Studies (verso) (1725–1735) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Giovanni Battista Tiepolo interpreted the scene with the nautical expertise of a painter born and raised in Venice. He chose a flat-bottomed vessel not unlike the gondolas that still ply the waters of his native city.'

Punchinellos Approaching a Woman (late 1730s) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Tiepolo produced more than twenty punchinello drawings, and they were most likely made as independent works for collectors rather than studies for paintings or prints.'

Alexander the Great and Campaspe in the Studio of Apelles (about 1740) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Giovanni Battista Tiepolo painted this episode at least three times. For this, the third rendering, he adopted a classicizing style in which antique architectural elements and relief sculptures evoke a sumptuous palace setting.'

The Apotheosis of Admiral Vettor Pisani (c. 1743) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloThe National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

'The nimble brushwork seen in the eagle wings and clothing of the helmeted figure is typical of Tiepolo's work and is one of the most appealing aspects of Tiepolo's small format works.'

Virtue and Nobility putting Ignorance to Flight (c.1743) by Tiepolo, GiambattistaDulwich Picture Gallery

'A preparatory sketch or modello for Tiepolo's ceiling in the Villa Cordellina near Vicenza, where the artist worked in 1743-44.'

Rinaldo Enchanted by Armida (1742/45) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1696–1770)The Art Institute of Chicago

'Giovanni Battista Tiepolo also provided smaller decorative panels and a ceiling painting for what must have been a sparkling, light-filled room.'

Allegory of Virtue and Nobility (1740 - 1750) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

'The painting is a sketch for various larger compositions painted by Tiepolo at different times on the ceilings of villas and private residences.'

The Death of Hyacinthus (Around 1752 - 1753) by Giambattista TiepoloMuseo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

'Unable to restore Hyacinth to life, Apollo decided to immortalise him by turning him into a flower which Tiepolo arranges in a beautiful clump next to the tennis racquet on the viewer's right.'

Head of a Man Looking Up (about 1750–1760) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'With animated strokes, Tiepolo applied red and white chalk to blue paper, a technique favored by Venetian artists for its striking contrast. Dark red strokes define the model's facial features, including a gap between his front teeth; velvety red chalk softens the outlines and contours of his face.'

Caricature of a Man Wearing an Overcoat (about 1753–1762) by Giovanni Battista TiepoloThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Working two hundred years after Da Vinci, Tiepolo drew caricatures like this funny-looking man in addition to the serious subjects for which he is known. He made these drawings as independent works of art, sometimes for his own amusement.'

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