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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Workshop (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)
Date: 1760Accession Number: 43.85.15
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)
Date: 1725–29Accession Number: 65.183.2
Date: 1725–29Accession Number: 65.183.3
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1727–1804 Venice)
Accession Number: 43.85.20
Date: 1729Accession Number: 65.183.1
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Three enormous canvases by Tiepolo greet visitors to the Metropolitan Museum's galleries of European paintings at the top of the Grand Staircase. These theatrical compositions celebrating victories of ancient Roman generals enthralled guests in the palace of the Dolfin family in Venice in the later 1720s. Blessed with a fecund imagination and matchless technical virtuosity, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo brought to a close the great age of Venetian painting that had begun in the Renaissance with Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, and Titian. The Metropolitan owns the most important collection of Tiepolo's work outside Venice, including the canvas for the ceiling of the Ca' Barbaro in Venice and frescoes from the Palazzo Valle-Marchesini-Sala in Vicenza.
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