Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, Venetian, 17271804)
Pen and brown ink, brush and pale brown wash, over traces of black chalk; framing outlines by the artist in pen and brown ink on paper; Frame: 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm), sheet: 11 1/4 x 16 3/16 in. (28.5 x 41.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1937 (37.165.67)
This sheet belongs to a group of drawings by the Venetian painter Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo of Ottoman Turkish horsemen and chieftains riding or resting in idyllic landscapes, accompanied by exotically clad attendants. Tiepolo's compositions generally reflect the contemporary artistic and literary taste in Venice for tales of exotic Eastern romance.