Giovanni Battista Tiepolo [1696-1770]

Italian painter, draftsman and printmaker

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

better known as

Giambattista Tiepolo

was born,

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
Rinaldo and Armida in Her Garden
Virgin and Child with Saints Dominic and Hyacinth
Bust of an Old Man
Sketch for Venus and Vulcan
Perseus and Andromeda
Wealth and Benefits of the Spanish Monarchy under Charles III
The Glorification of the Barbaro Family
Saint James the Great Conquering the Moors (St Jacobus)
Manna in the desert
Satyress with a Putto

Saint Thecla Praying for the Plague-Stricken

Alexander the Great and Campaspe in the Studio of Apelles
Allegory of Virtue and Nobility
The Empire of Flora
The Immaculate Conception
Apollo Pursuing Daphne
Apotheosis of Spain
Allegory of the Planets and Continents
Rinaldo Enchanted by Armida

Juno and Luna
The Glory of St. Dominic
Scipio Africanus Freeing Massiva shows Massiva, the nephew of a prince of Numidia, being released after capture by Scipio Africanus
The Banquet of Cleopatra
The Sacrifice of Iphigenia

Etchings & Drawings

and from

Antonio Vivaldi

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

Ensemble Malipier

II. Andante • III. Allegro

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32 replies »

  1. So much talent came out of Venice.
    This piece of music makes me want to watch a movie that takes place in Tuscany! (I saw one last week – Shadows in the Sun… Now I have to look for another!

  2. Very talented artist!

    Of all the works shown, I adore his caricatures the most. I think at this point he was ahead of his time.
    The other works are magnificent, and of his time.
    It seems to me since the camera was invented, art had to move on.
    Now where will it go?
    Wonderful post, Marina! The music just ended, and was perfect for this post.
    Thank you!!!

    • Clarity describes well this master’s work and luminocity and technical perfection. It’s really odd that he is not promoted as he should.
      You too, my friend!

    • He’s one of the old Masters who although is considered a great painter (and an influence to many), is not widely known. Such delicate beauty and mastery of lines, marvelous indeed! Glad yoy enjoyed!! 🙏

      • I think he worked in one of those odd times that many art history books gloss over. But the work is stunning. When I was in Italy, I loved those painted ceilings where you look up into the heavens, like some of the works of Tiepolo that you shared!

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