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Part of European Paintings
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)
Date: 1752Accession Number: 1977.1.3
Date: ca. 1751–52Accession Number: 71.121
Date: 1758–59Accession Number: 37.165.2
Accession Number: 1980.363
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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's fame and consummate skill brought him to work outside Italy, for ecclesiastic and royal patrons in Germany and Spain. On view in this gallery are dazzlingly vertiginous oil sketches for some of his most celebrated projects, including the fresco decoration of the immense ceiling of the staircase in the Residenz, Würzburg, and ceilings in the newly built Palacio Real in Madrid. His son Giovanni Domenico preferred less exalted subjects, such as the enchanting Dance in the Country of about 1755.
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