89
89
* Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid
A BISHOP AND TWO PRIESTS, WITH AN ACOLYTE HOLDING OPEN A BOOK BEFORE THEM
Estimate
25,00035,000
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89
* Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid
A BISHOP AND TWO PRIESTS, WITH AN ACOLYTE HOLDING OPEN A BOOK BEFORE THEM
Estimate
25,00035,000
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* Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid
VENICE 1696 - 1770 MADRID
A BISHOP AND TWO PRIESTS, WITH AN ACOLYTE HOLDING OPEN A BOOK BEFORE THEM
pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, all four corners made up
275 by 218mm; 10 13/16 by 8 9/16 in
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Provenance

Prince Alexis Orloff, his sale, Paris, Galerie Petit, 30 April 1920, lot 122, reproduced;
Z. Birtschansky, Paris;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 9 July 1981, lot 70;
purchased at that sale by John and Alice Steiner

Exhibited

Venice, Mostra del Tiepolo, 1951, drawing cat. no. 83;
Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Old Master Drawings from the Collection of John and Alice Steiner, 1986, cat. no. 41, reproduced.

Literature

G. Knox, 'The Orloff Album of Tiepolo Drawings', Burlington Magazine, vol. CIII, June 1961, p. 275, no. 74;
D. von Hadeln, The Drawings of G. B. Tiepolo, New York 1970 (reprint of 1928 edition), vol. I, p. 27, reproduced plate 101

Catalogue Note

George Knox, in his revealing analysis of the Orloff album (loc. cit. below), dates this drawing to the 1750s. Two other drawings with similar subjects were in the Orloff sale, lots 121 and 123. Although these figures do not appear exactly in any painting, Giambattista used such stately bishops, reading from books held by acolytes, in many works, such as St. Augustine and Other Saints, in the National Gallery, London (see A. Morassi, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings of G. B. Tiepolo, London 1962, p. 16, fig. 110).

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