GIOVANNI DOMENICO TIEPOLO
Venice 1727 - 1804
THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST
Pen and brown ink and gray wash within pen and brown ink framing lines;
signed in pen and brown ink, lower right: Dom. Tiepolo f
260 by 190 mm; 10¼ by 7½ in
Laid down. Overall in good condition. Sheet is relatively free from staining. Light staining, barely visible around the margins of the sheet, more noticeable at the upper margin.A few light brown stains withing the main composition, again barely visible. Pen and ink and wash remain strong and vibrant.
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This subject was one to which Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo returned many times, creating numerous variations on the theme. The group is dateable to circa 1770 and many are housed in various public and private collections. Thirteen were offered in the Beauchamp sale at Christie’s on 15th June 1965 and the greatest number is in the Print Room at Stuttgart.1 There is only one known painting of the subject by the artist, in the Museo Stibbert, Florence, but it is horizontal in format and cannot be directly related to the drawings.2
1. G. Knox, Tiepolo, exhib. Cat., Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, 1971, pp. 57-62, cat. 44-56
2. A. Mariuz, Giandomencio Tiepolo, Venice 1971, pl. 305