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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

St. Mark and an Angel

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

St. Mark and an Angel

St. Mark and an Angel

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Lot sold:

22,680

USD

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid

St. Mark and an Angel


Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk

210 by 298 mm; 8 1/4 by 11 3/4 in

Hinge mounted to a modern mount. There is a stain to the right half of the upper edge, where an old adhesive tab to the verso has created a slight stain, as well as a similar stain to the lower left corner. There is some minor buckling to the sheet and some minor surface dirt to the extremities. The drawing remains in otherwise good condition with the combination of media fresh throughout. Sold unframed.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Jacques Auguste Boussac, Paris (L.729b);
sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 10-11 May 1926, part of lot 231;
Sasha Guitry, Paris;
with H. Shickman Gallery, New York;
sale, New York, Christie's, 23 January 2002, lot 46

In 1762, at the age of sixty-six, Giambattista Tiepolo took the bold step of abandoning his native city, and moving to Madrid, where the prospects for important commissions seemed at that time better. Indeed, his first project on arrival was to decorate for King Carlos III the immense ceiling of the Throne Room in the Royal Palace. 


Other Spanish commissions followed, the last of which, received in 1769, was for the decorations of the vault of the Collegiate Church of Sant'Ildefonso at La Granja. On 27 March 1770, however, Tiepolo died suddenly, at the age of seventy-four, without completing the project, which was taken over by Francisco Bayeu (1734-1795). This confident, late drawing, stylistically similar to others in the Prado, appears to be a study for one of the unrealised pendentives in the dome at La Granja.