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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

A Standing Child

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 USD

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

A Standing Child

A Standing Child

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 USD

Lot sold:

20,160

USD

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid

A Standing Child


Pen and black ink and gray wash

171 by 107 mm; 6 3/4 by 4 1/4 in

Laid down to an old decorative backing which has subsequently been hinged to a modern decorative mount. There are small losses to the upper corners and the lower right corner and some scattered staining to the extremities and evidence of minor surface dirt. The drawing remains in otherwise good condition with the combination of pen and wash still strong throughout. Sold unframed.


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Baron Louis Auguste de Schwiter (1805-1889), Paris (L.1768);
Johann Georg, Herzog von Saxen (1869-1938), Dresden (L.4483; with inventory number S.I No. 1282);
Tüngel Collection, Munich;
with Galerie Arnoldi-Livie, Munich,
where acquired, 1991
E. Sack, Giambattista und Domenico Tiepolo, Hamburg 1910, cat. no. 210

This spirited, rapidly drawn study must surely have been made as a specific portrait. George Knox, who confirmed the attribution to Giambattista Tiepolo, suggested it might have been made in connection with a major, but apparently unrealised, project to paint a large group portrait of a family, a composition that we know only from three multi-figured studies, two of them in New York (in the Tobey Collection and the Morgan) and one in Florence (at the Fondazione Horne).1 The subject of this painting has been tentatively identified as the Pisani family, in whose villa at Strà Tiepolo executed (in 1761-2) a series of allegorical ceiling frescoes that include likenesses of several family members. The linearity and the rather minimal, yet highly effective, drawing style seen here are consistent with Tiepolo's works from this late moment in his career, and with the style of the three more elaborate drawings to which this sheet very likely relates.  


1. See L. Wolk-Simon and C.C. Bambach, An Italian Journey. Drawings from the Tobey Collection: Correggio to Tiepolo, exh. cat., New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010, pp. 208-10, cat. 65