Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Italian, 1727-1804
High auction record
$4m, Sotheby's, 2015
Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,
Legion of Honor
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art at Frieze Masters 2015,
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art
Daniela Laube Fine Art at IFPDA Print Fair,
Daniela Laube Fine Art

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo’s first teacher was his father, the infamous and accomplished Italian Renaissance artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Though sometimes remembered in art history as having lived under his father’s shadow, Tiepolo developed his own style and began independently working for commissions starting at the age of 20. He produced paintings, engravings, and drawings for both secular and religious purposes. Among his most famous works were the frescoes depicting scenes from commedia dell’arte, a celebrated early form of improvisational theater. This subject became an important motif in many of Tiepolo’s later works: His mature paintings often featured a central protagonist named “Punchinello,” a clown inspired by characters from the commedia (and a precursor to Punch of "Punch and Judy".)

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