Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Psyche Transported to Olympus
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk, on paper.
9 3/4 x 9 inches (248 x 229 mm)
Gift of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann.

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Victor de Cock; A. Doucet; José Maria Sert; Dr. Rudolf J. and Lore Heinemann, New York.

Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Lore and Rudolf Heinemann. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1973, no. 38, repr.


Citing the "fleeting, lyrical beauty" of Giambattista's Tiepolo's drawings, art historian Adriano Mariuz has observed that his figures often appear "as though the light were too intense for them to open their eyes fully. It is this sun-filled quality that first strikes us ..., together with the unerring line that yet retains a hint of an improvisatory quiver." On the basis of style, the present drawing, which is not related to any known painting, may be dated to the early 1740s. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

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Cock, Victor de, former owner.
Doucet, A., former owner.
Sert, José Maria, former owner.
Heinemann, Rudolf J., former owner.
Heinemann, Lore, former owner.