GIOVANNI BATTISTA TIEPOLO (VENICE 1696-1770 MADRID)
GIOVANNI BATTISTA TIEPOLO (VENICE 1696-1770 MADRID)
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GIOVANNI BATTISTA TIEPOLO (VENICE 1696-1770 MADRID)

A standing woman seen from below

Details
GIOVANNI BATTISTA TIEPOLO (VENICE 1696-1770 MADRID)
A standing woman seen from below
pen and brown ink, brown wash
7 ¾ x 6 in. (19.5 x 15 cm)
Provenance
Probably given by the artist or his son Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804) to
Somaschi convent at Santa Maria della Salute, Venice.
Count Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1834), Venice.
Antonio Canova (1757-1822), Venice; by his descent to his half-brother,
Monsignor Giovanni Battista Sartori Canova (1775-1858), Venice.
Francesco Pesaro (1740-1799), Venice; sold by him in 1842 to
Edward Cheney (1803-1884), Badger Hall, Shropshire; by descent to his brother-in-law
Colonel Alfred Capel-Cure (1826-1896), Blake Hall, Essex.
probably Messrs. B. T. Batsford, London; Christie’s, London, 14 July 1914, part of lot 49.
The Estate of Howard and Eleanor Sachs, New York.

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Lot Essay

This typology of figure, floating in the sky and without specific attributes, is recurrent in Tiepolo’s drawn œuvre. The artist would effortlessly sketch them on paper and then employ them to fill his expansive fresco ceiling decorations. Drawings of this type can in general be traced back to an album entitled Sole figure per soffitti, which surfaced in 1914 at a Christie’s sale after a distinguished provenance and before it was dismembered. For a discussion of two similar drawings with the same provenance see R. P. Townsend, ‘Two Rediscovered Tiepolo Drawings from Robert Lehman’s Early Collection’, Master Drawings, XXXI, no. 2, Summer, 1993, pp. 163-169.

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