Giovanni Battista Tiepolo / Perseus and Andromeda / probably 1730Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Perseus and Andromeda
probably 1730

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Creator Name: Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Dates/Places: 1696-1770
Creator Name-CRT: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Title: Perseus and Andromeda
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1720
Creation End Date: 1740
Creation Date: probably 1730
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Oil on paper affixed to canvas
Dimensions: 20 3/8 x 16 in. (51.8 x 40.6 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: The Frick Collection
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 18.1.114
Credit Line: Purchased
Context: The painting is a study for one of Tiepolo s four ceiling frescoes in the Palazzo Archinto, Milan, which was destroyed by bombing in 1943. A fresco in the main salon, representing an Allegory of the Arts, bore the date 1731. According to legend, Cassiopeia, Queen of Ethiopia, had angered the Nereids by boasting that she and her daughter Andromeda were as beautiful as they. To punish her presumption, Neptune sent flood waters and a sea-monster to ravage the land. Learning from an oracle that his daughter must be sacrificed to the monster in order to save his people, King Cepheus had Andromeda chained to a rock by the sea. The hero Perseus saw her and, moved by her beauty, rescued Andromeda, sweeping her skyward on his winged horse, Pegasus. The luminous heavens, illusionistically conceived to be seen from below, open to reveal Minerva and Jupiter seated on gold-tinged clouds.
Related Document Description: New York, The Frick Collection. An Illustrated Catalogue. Vol.2, Paintings. [cat.]. 1968, pp.243-246, p.244 (reproduced).
AMICA ID: TFC_.Tiepolo.18-1-114
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Frick Collection, New York, 1999

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