Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

The Baptism of Christ

Auction Closed

January 26, 04:31 PM GMT


6,000 - 8,000 USD

Lot Details


Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Venice 1727 - 1804

The Baptism of Christ

Pen and brown ink and wash;

signed in brown ink, lower left: Domo. Tiepolo f

260 by 193 mm; 10¼ by 7½ in.

Hamilton Easter Field (1873-1922), New York (L.872a),
probably his sale, New York, The Anderson Galleries, 10 December 1918;
Private Collection, New York

This subject was one to which Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo returned many times, creating numerous variations on the theme.  The group is dateable to circa 1770 and many are housed in various public and private collections. Thirteen were offered in the Beauchamp sale at Christie’s on 15 June 1965 and the greatest number is in the Print Room at Stuttgart.1 There is only one known painting of the subject by the artist, in the Museo Stibbert, Florence, but it is horizontal in format and cannot be directly related to the drawings.2

1. G. Knox, Tiepolo, exhib. cat., Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, 1971, pp. 57-62, cat. 44-56

2. A. Mariuz, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Venice 1971, pl. 305