GIAMBATTISTA
TIÉPOLO
(1696-1770)
 

  • Biography:
     
         Tiepolo was born in Venice, a city that would mark his whole pictoric work. There he will learn from Verones. Tiepolo is the biggest and more important painter in 18th century Italy. He paints on walls and ceilings of churchs and palaces. Subjects of his painting are often biblical and mythological ones -it depends on the place he had to perform them. Though his activity on walls is the most important in his carrer, he also worked on canvas. In his works we find the dynamic composition inherited from Baroque, elegance, pastel colors and a brighness that we can compare with a crystal shine: that is why he reminds Verones.

         In order to fulfil the many works he should do, he was helped by his sons Giovanni Domenico and Lorenzo. He came to Madrid with them in 1761. This year Carlos III asked him to paint the ceilings of Royal Palace. In March, 27th. 1770 Tiepolo died in Madrid. His style gave birth to a school and was still fashioned when Neoclasicism was beginning to mark classical strictness and austerity.
     
    G. Tiépolo: El Juicio de Salomón, 1729. G. Tiépolo, The Judgement of Salomonn, 1729, fresco, palacio patriarcal, sala rosa.
    G. Tiépolo: El Banquete de Cleopatra, 1744. G. Tiépolo, The Banquet of Cleopatra, 1744.
    G. Tiépolo: Mercurio apareciéndose a Eneas, 1757. G. Tiépolo, Mercury Appearing to Aeneas, 1757, fresco.

    Written by
    Beatriz Aragonés Escobar.
    Bachelor of Art History


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