Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
1696-1770
Design for an Overdoor
ca. 1762-1766
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk, on paper.
15 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (386 x 286 mm)
Gift of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann.
1997.24

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Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de St. Saphorin, Switzerland; Dr. Ferdinand de Cérenville, Lausanne(?); René de Cérenville, Lausanne (?); J. W. Böhler, Lucerne (no mark; see Lugt S. 1023a); Tomas Harris, London; Dr. Rudolf J. and Lore Heinemann, New York.
Bibliography: 

Aikema, Bernard. Tiepolo and His Circle : Drawings in American Collections. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Art Museum ; New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1996, no. 73, repr.

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In 1762 Giambattista Tiepolo, together with his sons Domenico and Lorenzo, journeyed to Madrid at the invitation of King Charles III. Only Domenico would ever leave Spain; Giambattista died there in 1770, and Lorenzo remained in Madrid until his death in 1776. This sheet is a study for an overdoor decoration in stucco in the throne room of the Royal Palace. It is one of only a very small number of surviving drawings executed during the last eight years of the master's life. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

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Saint-Saphorin, Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de, 1738-1805, former owner.
Cérenville, Ferdinand de, former owner.
Cérenville, René de, former owner.
Böhler, J. W., former owner.
Harris, Tomás, 1908-1964, former owner.
Heinemann, Rudolf J., former owner.
Heinemann, Lore, former owner.

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