b. 1696 Venice, d. 1770
Madrid I saw this painting at the royal palace in Madrid and fell in love with Tiepolo immediately Apotheosis of Spain. Below see his crucifixion from the St. Louis art museum. It has recently been removed from public view. Trained in Venice, Tiepolo also worked in Spain and Germany. His work is simply awe-inspiring.
Born into a wealthy and noble family in Venice, Giambattista Tiepolo was recognized by contemporaries throughout Europe as the greatest painter of large-scale decorative frescoes in the 1700s. He was admired for having brought fresco painting to new heights of technical virtuosity, illumination, and dramatic effect. Tiepolo possessed an imagination characterized by one of his contemporaries as “all spirit and fire.”
A gifted storyteller, Tiepolo painted walls and ceilings with large, expansive scenes of intoxicating enchantment. In breath-taking visions of mythology and religion, the gods and saints inhabit light-filled skies. His ability to assimilate his predecessor and compatriot Paolo Veronese’s use of color was so profound that his contemporaries named him Veronese redivio (a new Veronese). His style was also influenced by renaissance artist Tintoretto. He was the great eighteenth century painter of the baroque and rococo periods.
Tiepolo Crucifixion, Saint Louis Art Museum, SLAM
Tiepolo’s commissions came from the old-established families of Italy, religious orders, and the royal houses of Spain, Germany, Sweden, and Russia. His frescoes adorn palaces, churches, and villas, and his artistic legacy consists of some eight hundred paintings, 2,400 drawings, two sets of etchings, and acres of fresco. When Tiepolo died at the age of seventy-four, a Venetian diarist noted the “bitter loss” of “the most famous Venetian painter, truly the most renowned…well known in Europe and the most highly praised in his native land.”
Würzburg is a town on the romantic road in Germany. Also on the romantic road Castle Neuschwannstein and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Tiepolo was active in Italy, Germany, and Spain.
This ceiling and staircase made quite an impression on me the first time I saw it 36 years ago.
Margaret Lewis told me the first time she saw the his ceiling frescoes in Venice it left her in tears, also Rembrandt and Venus de Milo.
What artist has influenced you?
What trip or city have you visited that has had a particular influence on you?
Do you have a favorite painting in your home city?
Do you know of another artist with as far reaching a range as Tiepolo?
- Würzburg, a Baroque town – Wurzburg, Germany (travelpod.com)
- The fresco-filled Würzburg Residence (thelocal.de)
- Can an Imitation beat the real thing? (savoo.co.uk)
- Gemaldegalerie Berlin guide: Director favourites (telegraph.co.uk)
- Lucas Day 16: Sunday the 21st (berleniceart.wordpress.com)
- Veni[ce], Vidi, Vici: Going for Baroque in La Serenissima with Olivier Cavé (operachic.typepad.com)
- Day 6 – Wurzburg and its Magnificent Residenz (kidazzleink.com)
Now, I’m asked tell us more about that first trip to Europe in 1974. The one when you were 17. The one forty years ago.
Madrid was the first city I visited in Europe.
Well, actually I was supposed to go when I was in 8th grade with my PE teacher, but that one fell through because we didn’t get enough people to sign up. There were other trips to choose from including ones to Germany and Salzburg.
The great thing about that Madrid trip was we spent a month studying the art, history, and culture of the countries before we left. Europe has some great art museums. We spent time in Madrid just walking around looking at shops and supermarkets. They had interesting soft drinks and coffees for sale. I am very excited. It is so much fun just walking around the hotel looking at things. We also visited Retiro park, the Rastro, Botins, a bullfight, and my favorite department store in Madrid el Corte Ingles. We also visited the Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace.
There is no king. Other landmarks include the great post office and telecommunications building and plaza mayor.Our trip also included a side trip to the ancient capital of Toledo. Madrid is a lively city with a great nightlife. I returned there in 1975, 1978 and with my wife in 1992. Well with the death of Franco in November 1975, Juan Carlos became King of Spain. He served until 2014 until he
abdicated in favor of his son Felipe VI.
We ate most of our meals in the hotel, chicken I think, a few times we got beef. I went to my first discotheque in Madrid. Some of the girls got their nails done at Elisabeth Arden. After a few days in Madrid we flew to Rome on Alitalia.
Madrid has a different culture. Everything shuts down after lunch. Shops close. Dinner often isn’t taken till after 10 o’clock at night. The national delicacy is pulpo in su tinta squid in its own ink.
Edie’s big five art museums, two are in Italy.
- The British Museum, London a little different no paintings
- Vatican Museum, Rome the atlanten, Gallery of mosaic maps, and of course the Sistine Chapelhttp://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gallery-of-maps-galleria-delle-carte-geografiche
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence Botticelli, Leonardo, and Raphael. Now you have to wait in line forever. In 1974 you could just walk right in.
Hermitage, Leningrad/Saint Petersburg I went there twice.
- Louvre, Paris the word’s most famous and most visited museum with all those goodies. O, where to begin? You can visit the Louvre for free any day until your 18th birthday. Closed Tuesday.
The Prado, Madrid
Museum of Fine arts (Kunsthistorishes museum) Vienna http://www.khm.at/en/
Old picture gallery, Munich (Alte Pinakothek) http://www.pinakothek.de/en/home
National Museum, Tokyo http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3019.html
- What is your favorite museum?
- Do you remember your first trip abroad?
- What interesting drinks or foods do you remember about that trip?
- What was your favorite thing of memory about high school?