The Glorification of the Barbaro Family

Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)

Date: ca. 1750

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: Irregular oval, 96 x 183 3/4 in. (243.8 x 466.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, in memory of Oliver H. Payne, 1923

Accession Number: 23.128


This remarkable canvas was painted to decorate the ceiling in one of the rooms of the Palazzo Barbaro, on the Grand Canal, in Venice. The Barbaro were among the most illustrious Venetian families and it is to them that the main figure of Valor accompanied by a lion alludes. Behind Valor is Fame blowing the trumpet and holding an olive branch, while behind the lion is Abundance with a cornucopia. At the lower left are Prudence, with a snake, and Nobility, holding a statuette of Minerva.