Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Design for an Overdoor
ca. 1764
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.

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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.

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.


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, painted in 1764. 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.