LIFE AND WORKS OF GIAMBATTISTA TIEPOLO: 5 THINGS TO KNOW
Giambattista Tiepolo was one of the greatest painters of the 18th century, known for his works of great elegance, refinement and drama. Born in Venice, he worked for most of his career in Italy, but also spent some years in Spain, where he produced some of his most famous works.
Tiepolo’s works were influenced by Italian Baroque and 17th century Venetian painting, but also incorporated elements of French Rococo. In this post we will explore the life and works of Giambattista Tiepolo, analysing his artistic style, techniques and influence on the history of art.
Life and works of Giambattista Tiepolo
Giambattista Tiepolo – Venezia riceve l’omaggio di Nettuno – 1745-50
Tiepolo’s painting Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice is one of the most important works by the famous Venetian painter and one of the rare paintings created for the Doge’s Palace during the 18th century.
The work, with its imposing size and magnificence, celebrates the power and grandeur of the Venetian Republic.
Those who visit the Doge’s Palace cannot ignore it as one of the great masterpieces of the greatest master of 18th century painting. In this post I will tell you its history and the details to appreciate it as it deserves.
Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice by Tiepolo
If you want to learn about the art of Venetian glassmaking, you have to start with its masterpiece: the Coppa Barovier.
It is in fact a work made in the 15th century and in this post I want to tell you about the historical and cultural importance of this cup, which is the highest example of the technical and artistic excellence of the craftsmen of the island of Murano and their ability to create works of art that have stood the test of time.
The Coppa Barovier is the symbol of Venetian culture in the world and is exhibited at the Murano Glass Museum in Venice. Knowing and admiring it means appreciating and preserving the culture and history of Murano glass art.
The Barovier Cup
Giorgione’s The Tempest is a painting famous for its many mysteries.
It is a mystery who commissioned the work and the exact year it was painted, we do not know what message the painting conceals and what meaning the many symbolic elements scattered across the canvas have. The place for which the painting was intended is also mysterious.
The only certainty is that it is a truly extraordinary work of art that represents one of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. Painted at the beginning of the 16th century, Giorgione’s Tempest is characterised by a perfect composition and is today exhibited at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.
The enigma of Giorgione’s Tempest
The Last Supper by Paolo Veronese is one of the most famous works of the Venetian Renaissance. This painting, completed in 1573, is housed in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and is famous for a trial that Veronese had to undergo, who was forced to change the work’s name to Supper in the Levi House.
Paolo Veronese’s Last Supper that became the Supper at Levi’s House