Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John

Live Auction: 27 January 2021 • New York

Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John
Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John
Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John
Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John
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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John

Estimate:

50,000 - 70,000 USD

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John

Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John

Estimate:

50,000 - 70,000 USD

Description

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Venice 1727 - 1804

Christ at Gethsemane with Saints Peter, James, and John


Pen and brown ink with gray and brown washes over black chalk, within brown ink framing lines;

signed in brown ink, lower left: Dom.o Tiepolo f

472 by 378 mm; 18 3/4 by 14 7/8 in

Condition report

Hinge mounted to a modern cream mount. A small portion of the white border is covered by the current mount. There are pin prick holes to each of the four corners. There is minor scattered foxing visible to the area of the sky. The drawing remains in otherwise exceptionally good condition throughout, with the combination of media fresh and vibrant and the overall image strong. Sold in a reproduction decorative giltwood frame.


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Provenance

Probably purchased in Venice in 1833 by Monsieur Fayet;
Victor Luzarche, Tours;
Roger Cormier, Tours,
his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 30 April 1921, lot 50;
Duc de Trévise, Paris,
his sale, Paris, Hotel Drouot, 8 December 1947, lot 39;
Emery Reeves;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1967, lot 40,
where acquired by D.C. Collins;
William H. Schab Gallery, New York, Catalogue Forty-five: Great Master Drawings and Prints from the 15th to the 20th Centuries, 1971, no. 165;
The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1987, lot 10

Literature

Sotheby's, Art at Auction, New York and London, 1966-7, p. 115, reproduced;
R.F. Brown, Kimbell Art Museum, Handbook of the Collection, Fort Worth, Texas, p. 145, reproduced;
C. Conrad, 'Die grossformatigen religiösen Zeichnungen Giovanni Domenico Tiepolos,' unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Heidelberg University, 1996, no. 152;
A.M. Gealt and G. Knox, Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 2006, p. 448, no. 184, reproduced in color p. 449

Exhibited

Udine, Castello di Udine, Domenico Tiepolo: maestria e gioco: disegni dal mondo, Milan, 1996, (catalogue by A.M. Gealt and G. Knox), no. 102;
Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Art Museum, Domenico Tiepolo: Master Draftsman, 1997, (catalogue by A.M. Gealt and G. Knox), no. 102;
New York, The Frick Collection, Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804): A New Testament, 2006-2007, no catalogue

Catalogue note

Adelheid Gealt and George Knox's authoritative publication on the remarkable series of similarly conceived drawings to which this sheet belongs, the so-called Large Biblical Series, has illuminated a fascinating exploration of the Christian story, from the parentage of the Virgin Mary to the martyrdom of Peter and Paul, which is of considerable intellectual and theological complexity, as well as incredible artistic skill. As they have pointed out, it is extraordinary how Giandomenico does not simply illustrate a text, but each time uses all the visual resources of Venetian art in his repertoire to create a uniquely original and inventive series of images.1Nothing is known of the original purpose or extent of the series, but some 313 drawings are currently known, scattered in public and private collections throughout the world. Given that some very familiar biblical scenes are missing, it seems likely that the series was originally even more extensive. It is generally assumed that it was created not as a result of any commission, but as a work of personal piety, begun after 1785 when the artist retired to the Tiepolo family villa at Zianigo. The strong emphasis throughout the series on the figure of Saint Peter has, however, led Gealt and Knox to suggest that if any patron were in some way influential in the creation of the series, it may have been Pope Pius VI (1717-1799), to whom Giandomenico dedicated a suite of prints.2 


The drawings began to emerge onto the market via various French collectors in the nineteenth century. As Gealt and Knox suggest, it seems plausible that although the series seems never to have been bound into volumes, the drawings remained together as loose sheets until they were bought in Venice in 1833 by a Monsieur Fayet, who made a selection for himself and passed the rest of the drawings to Monsieur Luzarche, a former owner of the present sheet. An album of 138 drawings from the series, originating from the Fayet collection, is now in the Louvre.3


1. A.M. Gealt and G. Knox, op. cit., pp. 3-4

2. Idem, p. 66 and note 71

3. Idem, pp. 6-7