• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)

    The Flight into Egypt

    Price Realised  

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)
    The Flight into Egypt
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash
    16 x 11¾ in. (41.1 x 29.8 cm.)


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    This drawing is of similar dimensions to those found in the Orloff album which are thought to have been given by Tiepolo to his son Giovanni Maria, before the elder Tiepolo left for Spain in 1762. Tiepolo would often explore one subject in various ways in a series of drawings. The Orloff album included six different versions of this scene (see Tiepolo: A bientenary exhibition, 1770-1970, exh. cat., Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, 1970, no. 14). As is often the case with these large-scale compositional drawings, it does not seem to relate to a painting or etching by the artist.

    Provenance

    Juan and Felix Bernasconi; Christie's, London, 1 April 1987, lot 82.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 10 January 1996, lot 145.