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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 48

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)

    Saint John the Baptist

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    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)
    Saint John the Baptist
    red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark three crescents
    13 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (340 x 238 mm.)


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    Knox in his 1961 article dates the drawing to the 1740s (Knox, op. cit., p. 275). The composition is similar though in reverse to Tiepolo's altarpiece of the same subject in the church of S. Massimo in Padua and dated to the early 1740s by Morassi (A. Morassi, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings of G.B. Tiepolo, New York, 1962, p. 38, fig. 45). Another painting, formerly in the collection of the Earl of Warwick, of the same subject but with the figure in a slightly different pose was sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 July 1997, lot 93 (Morassi, op. cit., p. 67, fig. 185). However, the drawing is more likely an independent work or Tiepolo's exploration of a compositional idea rather than a study for a specific painting or fresco.

    Provenance

    Prince Alexis Orloff; Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 29-30 April, 1920, lot 141 (FF4,800 to Knoedler).
    William H. Crocker (1861-1937), Burlingame, California; thence by descent to his son
    Charles Crocker (1904-61), San Francisco; thence by descent to the present owners.


    Literature

    G. Knox, 'The Orloff Album of Tiepolo Drawings', The Burlington Magazine, 1961, CIII, no. 699, p. 275, no. 49.


    Exhibited

    San Francisco, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Opening Exhibition, January-March 1935, and intermittently afterwards.
    Oakland, California, Mills College Art Gallery, and Portland, Museum of Art, Exhibition, Old Master Drawings, 1937-38, no. 76.
    Chicago, The Art Institute, Loan exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by the two Tiepolos, Giambattista and Giandomenico, 1938, no. 50 (as St. John in the wilderness).