Giovanni Battista Tiepolo / sketch / 1752Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Creator Name: Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Italian, Venetian, 1696-1770
Creator Name-CRT: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Title: sketch
Title Type: Object name
Title: Allegory of the Planets and Continents
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1752
Creation End Date: 1752
Creation Date: 1752
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 73 x 54 7/8 in. (185.4 x 139.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1977.1.3
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977

This picture, Tiepolo's largest and most dazzling oil sketch, shows Apollo about to embark on his daily course across the sky. Deities around the sun god symbolize the planets and allegorical figures on the cornice represent the four continents.

Tiepolo presented this preliminary sketch to Carl Philipp von Greiffenklau, the prince-bishop of W├╝rzburg, on April 20, 1752, as his proposal for the decoration of the vast staircase ceiling of the Residenz, often considered the artist's greatest achievement. The figures in grisaille at the corners were executed on the ceiling in stucco by the decorator-sculptor Antonio Bossi.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1977.1.3
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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