Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Scene of Contemporary Life: The Chaperoned Visit
ca. 1791
Pen and brown-black ink and wash over black chalk.
14 11/16 x 19 3/4 inches (372 x 501 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Numbered in black chalk at upper left, "74".
Watermark: Open crown over letters "A" over "HF" over "IMPERIAL", fragment.

Sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 November 1965, no.26, repr.; Galerie L'Oeil, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 378, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 60.


Toward the end of his career, Domenico Tiepolo frequently depicted scenes of contemporary life, usually with a satirical or caricatural twist. In this drawing, a married lady in the company of her elegant chaperone pays a visit to a pregnant woman. Tiepolo frequently recycled his own inventions: he had previously depicted the couple at right in a fresco in his family's villa at Zianigo, and the pregnant woman reappears in a famous drawing-- Il Concertino, in the Museo Correr, Venice. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Associated names: 

Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.