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106
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
A FORTIFIED HOUSE WITH A ROUND TOWER
Estimate
15,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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106
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
A FORTIFIED HOUSE WITH A ROUND TOWER
Estimate
15,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
VENICE 1696 - 1770 MADRID
A FORTIFIED HOUSE WITH A ROUND TOWER

Provenance

Alphonse Legros,
his sale, London, Sotheby's, 3 July 1918, lot 122;
Matsukata Collection, Japan;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 2 July 1984, lot 115

Literature

G. Knox, Un Quaderno di Vedute di Giambattista e Domenico Tiepolo, Milan 1974, no. 34

Catalogue Note

Among the large quantity of Tiepolo drawings, so familiar to collectors, there are very few studies of landscapes or buildings which seem to have been drawn on the spot.  George Knox (loc. cit.) gathered and published a group of 74, by Giambattista and Domenico, which he believes were made in a brief period between spring 1757, when they were working at the Villa Valmarana, and summer 1759 when they were in Udine.  They are almost all in pen and ink and wash and are of urban buildings, farms and villas.  Many are made from rather unusual angles - in one case Knox suggests the view was taken from an upper window of the façade of a church in which they were working.  This makes for a very personal and engaging effect, and reveals father and son taking advantage of the countryside and catching the play of hot sun and long shadows on buildings.  Knox can point to some cases in which Domenico reused motifs in other works, but in general they seem to have been made for the pleasure of drawing.  As the Legros sale contained 32 lots of Tiepolo vedute, Knox has suggested that there was probably an album of vedute, like the other Tiepolo albums of figure drawings which were sold at Sotheby's in 1885 and dispersed among English collectors by the dealer Parsons.

 

 

Old Master Drawings

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