Drawing Basics: Tiepolo Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

11 Sep 2008

American Artist exhibitionTiepolo Bacchus and Ariadne drawingThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, marked the renovation and reopening of the Robert Lehman Wing with an exhibition of 60 drawings by Venetian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and his son, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo.

Tiepolo Drawings From the Robert Lehman Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, marked the renovation and reopening of the Robert Lehman Wing with an exhibition of 60 drawings by Venetian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770) and his son, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804), who acted as his assistant. Drawn from the Lehman Collection's extensive holdings of Tiepolo drawings, the installation covers a wide range of subjects—secular to religious, from mythological to genre, from figure drawings to narrative—and exposes the talent of two of Italy's finest draftsmen. Highlights of the installation include Bacchus and Ariadne, one of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's most famous pen-and-wash drawings, as well as a selection of his caricature studies. Domenico Tiepolo was his father's assistant and occasional understudy in the execution of painted commissions, but he was just as accomplished a draftsman, which can be seen in The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt, a wash drawing from his Large Biblical series. The exhibition culminates in a series of Domenico's drawings of the famed commedia dell'arte character Punchinello, whose many faces chronicle Venetian popular culture with a masterful and acerbic wit.

Tiepolo Bacchus and Ariadne pen and brown ink drawing Tiepolo The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt pen and brown ink drawing
Bacchus and Ariadne
by Domenico Tiepolo, ca. 1740, drawing--pen and brown ink and brown wash, over black chalk, 12 5/16 x 9 9/16. Collection The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, New York, New York.
The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt (With a Truncated Pyramid on the Right)
by Domenico Tiepolo, ca. 1770, drawing--pen and brown ink and brown wash over rough black chalk, 18½ x 14 15/16. Collection The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, New York, New York.

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