Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Virgin and Child with Three Saints
ca. 1732-1735
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over red chalk, on light brown paper; verso: pen and brown ink; extraneous smudges of green, black, and brown paint.
10 3/4 x 11 15/16 inches (274 x 303 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.

Watermark: letters GTB.
Datable to about 1735, this sheet--like The Annunciation (inv. no. 1996.78)--formerly belonged to an important album of large drawings by Giambattista Tiepolo from the collection of Prince Alexis Orloff. Many of these drawings explore alternative interpretations of specific religious subjects, and this study is one of several that explore the time-honored theme of the sacra conversazione (holy conversation), in which the Virgin and Child are anachronistically depicted in the company of various saints: in this case probably to be identified as St. Francis of Paola, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Francis of Assisi. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

Monsignor Antidicola, Rome; acquired in 1955 in Rome by János Scholz, New York (see Lugt S. 2933b).
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Antidicola, Monsignor, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Eighteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975-1977. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978, p. 183.
Aikema, Bernard. Tiepolo and His Circle : Drawings in American Collections. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Art Museum ; New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1996, no. 27, repr.