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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Venice 1727-1804)
Nessus and Deianira
signed 'Dom Tiepolo f'
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark bird
9 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (24.5 x 31 cm)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 9 January 1991, lot 25.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Paris, 21 March 2002, lot 84.

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Lot Essay

This dynamic sheet is one of a series of eight with Nessus and Deianira in the company of satyrs and other figures. In various formats, the Tiepolos treated satyrs and centaurs throughout their careers and, around 1790-1795, upon his return from Würzburg, Domenico painted this subject at Palazzo Caragiani, Venice (A. Mariuz, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Venice, 1971, pl. 340). In spite of many similarities with the fresco, the series of drawings, uniform in size and medium, were independently conceived.

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