Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Hercules Standing
ca. 1718-1718
Black chalk.
23 3/4 x 17 3/16 inches (605 x 435 mm)
Gift of Janos Scholz.

Life drawing has long been regarded as fundamental to artistic training. This monumental sheet was created toward the beginning of the artist's long and immensely successful career, probably about 1718-20. The forceful modeling of the nude figure relates it to works by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, who exercised a profound influence on the young Giambattista Tiepolo. While academic studies of this type are sometimes related to paintings, their primary purpose was didactic. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"


Watermark: letters "AFZ" with vertical bar surmounted by trefoil.

Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de St. Saphorin, Switzerland; Dr. Ferdinand de Cérenville, Lausanne; René de Cérenville, Lausanne; Alfred Bovet, Switzerland?; Eugène Burnand, Sepey, Switzerland (no mark; see Lugt S. 314d); acquired in 1972 in Geneva by Janos Scholz, New York (see Lugt S. 2933b).
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Saint-Saphorin, Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de, 1738-1805, former owner.
Cérenville, René de, former owner.
Bovet, Alfred, b. 1859, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.
Burnand, Eugène, 1850-1921, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 303.
Aikema, Bernard. Tiepolo and His Circle : Drawings in American Collections. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Art Museum ; New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1996, no. 4, repr.