Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Punchinello Riding on an Ass in Procession of His Fellows
ca. 1797-1804
Pen and brown ink, with brown and ochre wash, over black chalk, on paper.
10 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches (273 x 403 mm)
Gift of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann.
Anonymous collection, London; sale, London, Sotheby's 6 July 1920, part of lot 41; Richard Owen, Paris; Brinsley Ford, London (Lugt S. 936g); his sale; London, Sotheby's, 10 November 1954, lot 40, repr.; 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. 113, repr.


Watermark: three crescents in a row.
Once part of Domenico Tiepolo's famous Punchinello series, the Divertimento per li Ragazzi, this drawing also closely resembles one of the frescoes of the Tiepolo family villa at Zianigo. The scene is sometimes described as "Punchinellos in a Carnival Procession," for Punchinello holds a fork aloft as he rides toward the steaming pot of gnocchi on the altar at left, an action that evokes the satirical bacanal del gnoco procession that occurs during Carnival in Verona every year.

Associated names: 

Owen, Richard, former owner.
Ford, Brinsley, former owner.
Heinemann, Rudolf J., former owner.
Heinemann, Lore, former owner.