Italian painter, draftsman and printmaker
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
better known as
March 5, 1696
in Venice, Italy
Tiepolo was considered the greatest painter of large-scale decorative frescoes in the 1700s and an important member of the 18th-century Venetian school. He was admired for having brought fresco painting to new heights of technical virtuosity, illumination, and dramatic effect. While he while extends the tradition of Baroque ceiling decoration, he epitomizes the lightness and elegance of the Rococo period.
While extending the tradition of Baroque ceiling decoration, epitomize the lightness and elegance of the Rococo period. Together with Giambattista Pittoni, Canaletto, Giovan Battista Piazzetta, Giuseppe Maria Crespi and Francesco Guardi are considered the traditional Old Masters of that period.
Founder and head of a successful family workshop, Tiepolo’s activity ranged from grand-scale wall frescoes, to religious and secular paintings on canvas, to works in the more intimate mediums of etching and drawing. Working with his sons, Giovanni Domenico and Lorenzo, Tiepolo carried out prestigious commissions in Italy and abroad, famously including the residence of the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg in Germany and the Spanish royal palace in Madrid.
One of the most talented draftsmen of his time, Tiepolo produced a large number of drawings in different media.
Michael Levey describes him as
“the greatest decorative painter of eighteenth-century Europe, as well as its most able craftsman.”
So here’s a glimpse of this master’s work
Etchings & Drawings
who’s birthday was on the 4th
[thanks for reminding me Trent! ;-)]
we hear some Venetian Baroque with the
Concerto for two mandolins, strings and basso continuo [organ] in G major (RV 532)
Marten Scheffer (mandolin I) • Rens van der Zalm (mandolin II)
Krijn Koetsveld conducts the
II. Andante • III. Allegro