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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Study after Alessandro Vittoria’s Bust of Giulio Contarini, ca. 1743, Museum Works of Art Fund

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Study after Alessandro Vittoria’s Bust of Giulio Contarini

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Italian, 1696-1770
Study after Alessandro Vittoria’s Bust of Giulio Contarini, ca. 1743
Chalk on paper
23.7 x 16.5 cm (9 5/16 x 6 1/2 inches) (approx.)
Museum Works of Art Fund 48.427

Eighteenth-century artists honed their skills by sketching earlier works of art, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, a dominant presence in the Venetian artistic world, was no exception. He was particularly fascinated by the creations of his sixteenth-century Venetian predecessors, among them Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto. This chalk drawing is one of several studies Tiepolo made after the Bust of Giulio Contarini, a portrait sculpted by Venetian artist Alessandro Vittoria (1524-1608). Tiepolo rendered the face from a slightly raised viewpoint and skillfully cropped it. Tiepolo’s virtuoso line work highlights the naturalistic outlines of the face and the pathos in the eyes of the sitter.


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