The Martyrdom of St. Giustina
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

The Martyrdom of St. Giustina

Live Auction: 27 January 2021 • New York

The Martyrdom of St. Giustina
The Martyrdom of St. Giustina
The Martyrdom of St. Giustina
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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

The Martyrdom of St. Giustina

Estimate:

15,000 - 25,000 USD

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

The Martyrdom of St. Giustina

The Martyrdom of St. Giustina

Estimate:

15,000 - 25,000 USD

Description

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Venice 1727 - 1804

The Martyrdom of St. Giustina


Pen and brown ink and wash over red chalk;

signed twice in brown ink, lower centre: Dom Tiepolo

182 by 281 mm; 7 1/8 by 11 1/8 in

Condition report

Hinge mounted to a thin card backing. There is some toning to the sheet and an old repair to the lower left corner and a repaired tear to the centre of the left edge. There is a light brown stain to the lower right corner and some surface dirt to the upper left corner. The combination of media remains in very fine condition throughout with both the pen and wash in good condition. Sold unframed.


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Provenance

Villiers David, London;
sale, London, Christie's, 11 April 1978, lot 77;
with Armando Neerman, London,
where acquired, circa 1980

Exhibited

Udine, Castello di Udine, Domenico Tiepolo: maestria e gioco: disegni dal mondo, Milan, 1996, (catalogue by A.M. Gealt and G. Knox), no. 48;
Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Art Museum, Domenico Tiepolo: Master Draftsman, 1997, (catalogue by A.M. Gealt and G. Knox), no. 48

Catalogue note

As alluded to by Gealt and Knox in their 1996-7 exhibition catalogue entries on this drawing, its format clearly suggests it was made as a preparatory study for one of the four corner elements of a very elaborate ceiling decoration. It has not been possible to relate it, thus far, to a known project, however it can be compared in certain respects to a drawing by Giambattista, depicting the same subject, previously part of the celebrated Orloff Album (see lot 274).1When this drawing last appeared at auction in 1977 (see Provenance) the Martyrdom depicted was thought to be that of St. Afra, due in part to the pyre on which she appears to be in the process of being bound. Gealt and Knox subsequently describe it, however, as the Martyrdom of St. Giustina, due to the presence of the sword with which she has been martyred.


1. D. von Hadeln, Handzeichnungen von G.B. Tiepolo, Munich 1927, tav. 125