Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Annunciation
ca. 1732-1735
Pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, on paper.
17 x 12 inches (432 x 305 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Rudolf J. Heinemann in memory of Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann.
Prince Alexis Orloff; sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 29-30 April 1920, lot 70; Richard Owen, Paris; 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. 22, repr.


Watermark: letters "BF" below six-pointed star.
This magnificent sheet was formerly part of a group of large drawings by Giambattista Tiepolo pasted onto the pages of an album that belonged to Prince Alexis Orlof; the drawings were dispersed at auction in 1920. The majority were conceived as independent works of art rather than as studies for paintings. One of the artist's many drawn interpretations of the theme of the Annunciation, this sheet may be dated, on the basis of style, to the mid-1730s. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

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Orloff, Alexis, Prince, former owner.
Owen, Richard, former owner.
Harris, Tomás, 1908-1964, former owner.
Heinemann, Rudolf J., former owner.
Heinemann, Lore, former owner.