Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Virgin and Child Seated on a Globe
Pen and brown ink, with brown ochre and violet wash, over black chalk, on paper.
17 1/4 x 12 1/8 inches (451 x 308 mm)
Gift of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann.

Watermark: Bow with arrow.

Prince Alexis Orloff; sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 29-30 April 1920, lot 138; Richard Owen, Paris; Tomas Harris, London; 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. 40, repr.
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 24, p. 54-55.


This remarkable drawing, which, like a number of others in the exhibition, formerly belonged to Prince Alexis Orlof, depicts the Virgin and Child accompanied by an angel holding a scapular, the emblem of St. Simon Stock, a thirteenth-century general of the Carmelite order. The sheet may be a rare example of Giambattista Tiepolo's designs for metalwork, in this case perhaps a processional mace for the Scuola Grande dei Carmini, Venice, for which he produced a series of paintings in the early 1740s, and of which he became a member in 1743. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

Associated names: 

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