Art is divine

Venetian Allegory

Alessandra Cenna

ITALIA GALLERY

Venice, Milan, Europe

Until March 21, 2021

 

TIEPOLO

Giambattista Tiepolo Apollo conduce al Genio germanico la sposa Beatrice di Burgundia, 1751 (e due particolari) olio su tela, 65,3 x 106,5 cm Stoccarda, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, acquisita con la collezione Barbini-Breganze nel 1852 © 2020. Foto Scala, Firenze/bpk, Bildagentur fuer Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin

Giambattista Tiepolo

Accademia di nudo virile, 1724-1725 ca gessetto nero e bianco su carta cerulea filigranata, 458 x 325 mm Verona, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe dei Musei Civici

Crediti fotografici: Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, Archivio fotografico. Foto Umberto Tomba

Giambattista Tiepolo

Trionfo delle arti e delle scienze, 1731 ca. olio su tela, 55,5 x 72 cm Lisbona, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga ©MNAA/DGPC/ADF, Luísa Oliveira

Giambattista Tiepolo

Apollo tra gli dei dell’Olimpo e altre divinità, 1739 ca olio su tela, 99,1 x 63,5 cm

Fort Worth (Texas), Kimbell Art Museum

Crediti fotografici: Fort Worth (Texas), Kimbell Art Museum

This first Milanese exhibition dedicated to GianBattista Tiepolo (1696-1770) great Venetian Rococo Master, celebrates the 250 years that have passed since his death. The commissions made to this artist had enabled him to embark on an international career.

 

Trained in painting in Venice, his art was consecrated by the courts of the Kings in Germany and Spain.

 

Around 1715, the Serenissima Republic of Venice was living a period conducive to the development of arts and culture. A contemporary of Canaletto, Tiepolo managed to win the favor of the clergy and the aristocracy with his powerful and theatrical painting. He seduced with his allegorical frescoes imbued with mythology and sacred spirit.

 

His Venetian beginnings are marked by his works for families of recent nobility such as the Sandi and the Zenobio who loved to decorate their reception rooms with battles and subjects from antiquity. The Dolfin Manin Palace is a good example.

 

But it is in the Palais Labia where he was able to express all the maturity of his art in his masterpieces of frivolity and light grace that adorn the ballroom.

 

His arrival in Milan represents the first step towards international notoriety. 

 

He painted epic and sacred works in the Basilica of Saint Ambrose. Then he collaborated with his children, especially with his son GianDomenico, in Germany at the Residence in Wurzburg and in Spain at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

 


Antonio Bonacina

Nudo virile di schiena, ultimo quarto del XVII secolo

matita rossa su carta beige, 570 x 430 mm

Verona, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe dei Musei Civici

Crediti fotografici: Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, Archivio fotografico. Foto Gabriele Toso

Louis Dorigny

Accademia di nudo virile, 1680-1690 ca

sanguigna su carta beige, incorniciata a tempera azzurra e gessetto nero, 571 x 430 mm

Verona, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe dei Musei Civici

Crediti fotografici: Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, Archivio fotografico.

Foto Umberto Tomba


Giambattista Tiepolo

Il banchetto di Cleopatra, 1696-1770 olio su tela, 46,30 x 66,70 cm Londra, The National Gallery

© The National Gallery, London. Presented by the Misses Rachel F. and Jean I. Alexander; entered the collection, 1972

The route of the Milanese exhibition starts from the discovery of the cities which marked the life and  fortune of Tiepolo, Venice, Milan, Madrid to develop in chronological order starting from the second section. 

 

His exercises performed for the school of the nude, a fundamental element in the training of an artist at the time, and his first Venetian works are thus revealed. 

 The discovery therefore continues with his Milanese experience through his drawings and sketches to continue on the German and Spanish periods.

 

His exquisitely elegant painting departs from classical examples of Rococo works in their dramatic sobriety. 

Tiepolo enriches the style with its original touch, playing with contrasts of light and shadow in a chiaroscuro imbued with radiance.

Thus in his frescoes, the central part often represents an azure sky dotted with immaculate and reassuring clouds. His graceful figures evolve soberly dressed in a serene atmosphere.

 

Tiepolo knows how to highlight details that evoke

divine purity and the magic of love.

 This Milanese exhibition pays this last great Venetian a vibrant European tribute.

 

Tiepolo.Venezia, Milano, Europa.

Galerie d'Italia- Piazza Scala - Milan- Italy -

Until March 21, 2021.

  

Giambattista Tiepolo

Naufragio di San Satiro, 1737

affresco staccato e riportato su tela 360 x 290 x 5 cm

Milano, Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

Crediti fotografici: Foto di Luigi Parma


Giambattista Tiepolo Apollo conduce al Genio germanico la sposa Beatrice di Burgundia, 1751 (e due particolari) olio su tela, 65,3 x 106,5 cm Stoccarda, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, acquisita con la collezione Barbini-Breganze nel 1852 © 2020. Foto Scala, Firenze/bpk, Bildagentur fuer Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin q. Giambattista