Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
(1696–1770)

Virgin and Child Seated on a Globe

1740s
Pen and brown ink, with brown, ochre, and violet wash, over black chalk
17 1/4 x 12 1/8 inches (451 x 308 mm)

Gift of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann

1997.26
Item description: 

This design was probably intended for metalwork, such as a finial or the ornament surmounting a processional mace. It depicts the Virgin of Mount Carmel and Child as experienced in the vision of Saint Simon Stock, a twelfth-century Carmelite friar: the Virgin presented him with a scapular—an article of devotion composed of two small woolen squares— held aloft by the angel at right. The drawing may have been made for the Scuola Grande dei Carmini, Venice, in the 1740s.