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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
THE HOLY FAMILY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
46
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
THE HOLY FAMILY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
VENICE 1696 - 1770 MADRID
THE HOLY FAMILY
Pen and grey ink and wash over traces of black chalk, the corners rounded
237 by 183 mm
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Provenance

Library of the Somasco Convent at Santa Maria della Salute, Venice;
Count Leopoldo Cicognara;
Antonio Canova;
by inheritance to his half-brother, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Sartori-Canova;
Francesco Pesaro;
by whom sold to Col. Edward Cheney, Badger Hall, Shropshire;
by inheritance to his brother-in-law, Col. Alfred Capel-Cure, Blake Hall,
sale, London, Sotheby's, 29 April 1885 (part of lot 1024), to E. Parsons and Sons, London

Catalogue Note

This drawing is part of the famous and much admired series of about seventy-five variations by Giambattista Tiepolo on the theme of the Holy Family, drawings which rank among the highpoints of the artist's draughtsmanship.1  The drawings were originally bound in a single album, one of several that that the painter deposited with his son Giuseppe Maria, a priest at the church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, when he left for Spain in 1762.  The Holy Family album was also later owned by the sculptor Antonio Canova, and was taken apart after the sale of the collection of Edward Cheney, in 1885.

The drawings in the Holy Family series are dated by George Knox to circa 1754-62.  He has also postulated, more specifically, that they could have been executed around 1760, when Giambattista was incapacitated by gout and unable to work normally.  Bernard Aikema has suggested that the series could have been intended to serve as models for Giambattista's sons, Domenico and Lorenzo Tiepolo.2  Whether or not this was the case, Tiepolo surely executed these exquisite bravura sheets as independent works of art, and none can be related to a known painting by the artist.

1. A. Morassi, Dessins Vénitiens du Dix-huitième Siècle de la Collection du Duc de Talleyrand, Milan 1958, pp. 9-10

2. Tiepolo in Holland, Works by Giambattista and His Circle in Dutch Collections, exhib. cat., Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1996, p. 34

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