Mini Biography: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Birth: March 5, 1696
Death: March 27, 1770
Nationality: Italian
Movement: Rococo
Born in Venice, Tiepolo was apprenticed to painter Gregorio Lazzarini at about age 14 and was a member of an artist’s guild by age 21. He painted frescoes for wealthy families and completed at least one canvas for a church early in his career. Eventually he received a commission for a cathedral as well as for an archbishop’s palace both of which garnered him even more well paying work in other prestigious places. Tiepolo sought to infuse his paintings with daylight and accordingly used a cooler palette than many of his contemporaries and the difference was apparent. He was a very prolific artist and revered in at least 3 countries for his large, light filled, frescoes such as the Apotheosis of Spain (1761) which Charles III commissioned for the throne room at the Royal Palace of Madrid. The last decade of Tiepolo’s life was as busy as the earlier ones and he completed roughly 4 frescoes that exist in situ and 8 pieces that reside in 7 different museums in Europe and the United States. About 15 years after Tiepolo died two sets of etchings (named Capricci and Scherzi di fantasia) that had been created between the years of 1740 and 1757 were published by one of his sons.
Some of his notable work includes: The Triumph of Marius pictured below and altered for the header image, The Martyrdom of Saint Agatha (1756) and The Immaculate Conception (1767-1768).
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Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista. The Triumph of Marius (1729), The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
To learn more about Tiepolo or to see more of his work visit:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The National Gallery of Art 
The Art Institute of Chicago

 

 

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