By Anne Leader

Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo died on 27 March 1770 in Madrid at age 74. One of the most celebrated artists of Rococo Italy, Tiepolo excelled as a draughtsman and fresco painter. He achieved international renown, receiving commissions from Prince Karl Philipp von Greiffenklau of Würzburg and Charles III of Spain. He also worked for confraternities, churches, and many Italian patrons in Venice and beyond, painting mythological and religious canvases and frescoes.

Reference: William L. Barcham. “Tiepolo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

A Seated Man and a Girl with a Pitcher, c. 1755, oil on canvas. National Gallery, London

Marriage of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa to Beatrice of Burgundy,1751, fresco, Imperial Hall, Residenz, Würzburg

Sacrifice of Isaac, 1724-9, fresco. Gallery, Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine

Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra, 1743-50, fresco. East wall, Palazzo Labia, Venice

Soldiers between Columns and Room of Homer, 1757, fresco. Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza

Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy, 1762-66, fresco. Queen’s Antechamber, Palacio Real, Madrid

Angelic Musicians and Putti, 1726, fresco. Cathedral, Udine

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