Giovanni Domenico TIEPOLO Venise, 1727 - 1804

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Giovanni Domenico TIEPOLO Venise, 1727 - 1804
Recto: Study for the visit of the French king Henri III at the Villa Contarini, reprise of a costume
Verso: Study for a parasol
Black stone and white highlights on blue paper; black stone, red chalk and white highlights
26 x 19 cm and 26 x 17,5 cm
Recto: Study for the visit of the French king Henri III at the Villa Contarini
Verso: Study for a parasol
Black chalk heightened with white; black and red chalk heightened with white 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.10 1/4 x 6 7/8 in.
PROVENANCE Anonymous sale, Paris, Espace Tajan, 9 April 2008, no. 15, reproduced.
Our drawing is a study by Giovanni
Domenico Tiepolo in relation to the fresco painted by his father Giovanni
Battista Tiepolo at the Villa Contarini ai Leoni in
Mira (Veneto). At the time Giovanni Domenico was working in his father's studio and it is possible that he worked on this project. Acquired by the
Jacquemart - André family during a trip to Italy in 1893, the fresco was placed in the grand staircase of their Parisian hotel, where it still stands. The owners were undoubtedly seduced by this subject of French history treated by a great Venetian painter (see M. Gemin and F.
Pedrocco, Giambattista Tiepolo, I dipinti, Opera completa, Venice, 1993, n° 361, reproduced).
In this fresco, Tiepolo recalls the visit of King Henry III to Doge Contarini.
King of Poland for only forty-six days, Henry III secretly learned of the death of his brother, the French King Charles IX, in June 1574. He then decided to leave
Krakow secretly and return to Paris. He reached the border of the Republic of Venice on July 10, where he was sumptuously welcomed for several days, notably by the Doge Contarini.
Tiepolo produced this large fresco around 1745 at the request of the Pisani family, who owned the Contarini villa at the time. It shows his mastery of the art of trompe l'oeil. By painting Henry III climbing the steps of the Villa Contarini, he managed to create a real surprise effect.
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