Giovanni Battista Tiepolo “The Capture of Carthage”

The Capture of Carthage

Oil on canvas • Venetian school • 411,5 x 376,9 cm • 1725–29 • The Met

This painting is from a series of ten magnificent canvases painted to decorate the main room of Ca’ Dolfin, a palace in Venice. The subject has been variously identified. It probably shows the capture of Carthage by Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus (known as Scipio Africanus the Younger) in 146 B.C., a momentous event that categorically ended the power of Carthage. The carnage was unspeakable and the city burned for seventeen days. The depiction of this event probably carried an allusion to the recent campaigns of the Venetians against the Turks in the Mediterranean, and in particular to the participation of Daniele Dolfin. Dramatically foreshortened figures underscore Tiepolo’s sense of theater. [The Met]


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Italian painter, draftsman and printmaker
in Venice, Italy

March 5, 1696

His style: Venetian school [Decorative painter]

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