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The Burial of Punchinello, ca. 1800

Pen and brown ink, brown and yellow wash, over black chalk
13 7/8 × 18 5/8 in
35.2 × 47.3 cm
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Robert Lehman Collection, 1975), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Italian, 1727–1804
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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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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Italian, 1727–1804
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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".)

The Burial of Punchinello, ca. 1800

Pen and brown ink, brown and yellow wash, over black chalk
13 7/8 × 18 5/8 in
35.2 × 47.3 cm
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