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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Italian Painter & Printmaker, Rococo Master

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Italian Painter & Printmaker, Rococo Master
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Italian Painter & Printmaker, Rococo Master

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Italian Painter & Printmaker, Rococo Master

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Venetian, 1696 - 1770

"Born in Venice in 1696 to a prosperous merchant, Giovanni Battista (Giambattista) Tiepolo chose to pursue a career in painting. He was taught by Gregorio Lazzarini (1655-1730), studying under him probably c. 1710. In 1717 he was inscribed in the Venetian painters guild as an independent painter. His earliest dateable works, in the Ospedaletto, Venice (1715-1716), do not display the classical compositions and smooth finish characteristic of Lazzarini's paintings, but rather the avant-garde tenebrism of Federico Bencovich (1677-1726) and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1683-1754). Much controversy surrounds the course of Tiepolo's development in the next fifteen years in which there are few dated paintings. Knowledge of his activities in the teens and twenties comes mostly from Vincenzo da Canal's biography of Lazzarini (1732), in which the author devoted several pages to the talented pupil whose popularity had soared in the previous decade. During these early years Tiepolo experimented with various styles simultaneously, and recent scholarship based on da Canal's listing of Tiepolo's paintings prior to 1732 has shown that the artist vacillated between the tenebrism practiced by many Venetian contemporaries and a lighter, more atmospheric style. As early as c. 1716 Tiepolo was practicing the art of fresco painting on the terrafirma, a technique reintroduced into the Veneto in the late sixteenth century by non-Venetian artists. His grandest decorative cycle of the period, painted for the Archbishop's Palace in Udine (c. 1726-1729), reveals his interest in Veronese's color and compositions..." from the article Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: A collection of 204 paintings

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"Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: A collection of 204 paintings (HD) Description: "Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was an Italian painter and printmaker. Born into an affluent family, he went on to become one of the most famous painters in Europe during his lifetime. Tiepolo was born in Venice, Italy, and was inspired from the Venetian masters when he had just started his apprenticeship as a budding painter Gregorio Lazzarini. However, the most important thing that needs to be mentioned with respect to the work and craft of Tiepolo is the fact that he was not someone who simply followed in the footsteps of his idols but also gave it his own touch. His paintings were particularly known for a certain level of wit that made it all the more unique and that is visible in all his best works. Following his success as a painter quite early on in his career, he was invited by a prince in Germany to work on their properties and later on he went on to work for the royal family in Spain, which was one of the highlights of his career. Tiepolo also became the president of an academy when he returned to Venice after his stint in Germany. Tiepolo is without doubt one of the most important artists to emerge in the 18th century." from video introduction

Tiepolo in Milan: The Lost Frescoes of Palazzo Archinto

"Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, provides an introduction to the exhibition 'Tiepolo in Milan, The Lost Frescoes of Palazzo Archinto' on view at The Frick Collection from April 16, 2019 through July 14, 2019." from video introduction

Most Important Works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

"Celebrated for his ceiling frescoes, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1969 - 1770) is widely regarded as the best Italian Rococo painter and according to some, the foremost painter of the 18th century. Famous for playful style, use of bright colors and theatricality of Baroque - while excluding chiaroscuro, Tiepolo’s subjects ranged from biblical and mythological to historical. Besides spectacular frescoes, the celebrated Rococo artist also created an outstanding number of awe-inspiring paintings, drawings and prints. Listed below are just a few of Tiepolo’s greatest works..." from the article: Most Important Works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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