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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Meleager and his dog

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 USD

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Meleager and his dog

Meleager and his dog

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 USD

Lot sold:

16,380

USD

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid

Meleager and his dog


Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk;

bears inscription and numbering in brown ink, verso: Meleagro 29

298 by 202 mm; 11 3/4 by 8 in

Hinge mounted to a modern mount. There is some minor surface dirt to the extremities of the sheet and some inconsequential small stains. The drawing remains in otherwise very good condition throughout with the combination of pen, wash and chalk fresh and the image strong. Sold unframed.


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With Galerie Gosselin, Paris,
where acquired, 1974

This belongs to a substantial series of drawings by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, which are conceived to give the impression of classically-inspired statues. They do not directly copy classical or renaissance prototypes, but as George Knox pointed out, some of the drawings of this type in the Victoria and Albert Museum do relate closely to earlier sculptures at the Villa Cordellina, near Vicenza.1On occasion, Giandomenico Tiepolo copied his father's drawings of this type, and his copy after the present drawing is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.2 The Lugt Collection even houses both of another similar pair of drawings by the two Tiepolos, father and son, showing the same sculpture as here, but from a slightly different viewpoint, and without the hound at Meleager's feet.3


1. G. Knox, Catalogue of the Tiepolo Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1960, pp. 16-17, 55-56, nos. 74-80 

2. J. Byam Shaw and G. Knox, Italian Eighteenth-Century Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection, New York 1987, cat. 137

3. J. Byam Shaw, The Italian Drawings of the Frits Lugt Collection, 3 vols., Paris 1983, vol. I, pp. 294-7, cats. 283, 285