Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo- An Old Master of Venetian Art


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was an Italian painter who lived in the 1700s. Born in the late 1600s, Giovanni or Gianbattista, as he was known, alternatively mastered the Rococo style of painting. Tiepolo is considered a famous Italian painter who belonged to the Venetian school of painting.

Although Italian by birth, the painter was a truly European artist who worked in Germany as well as Spain. Giovanni tasted success from the early phase of his career and went on to find a place among the Old Masters of painting at that time. He is hailed as the best decorative painter and craftsman of his time, according to art historians.

Early Life

Born to Dominitto and Orseca Tiepolo on March 5, 1696, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was Venetian by birth. His father was a shipping merchant, and although they did not claim any noble descent, their family name came with prestige. Giovanni’s father died a year after his birth, and he was brought up under much financial duress. In 1710, the young painter began his training under Gregorio Lazzarini, a painter who mastered the eclectic style of painting.

However, in his early career, Tiepolo invented his own style of painting. He depicted apostles and spandrels in decorative paintings of churches like the Ospedoletto in Venice. His first fresco was painted on the roof of a church at Biadene in 1716. His early works include the Triumph of Aurora, the Myth of Phaethon, and The glory of St. Dominic.

Famous Art Works

One of the famous artworks that he painted in his later career is the Banquet of Cleopatra, created in 1743. Giovanni also painted Rinaldo Enchanted by Armadi in 1742. Juno and Luna is also one notable work of Tiepolo that he started in 1735. In 1730, He also painted a masterpiece called Perseus and Andromeda. Giovanni also went on to paint canvases for churches like Verolanuova, Scuola De Carmini, and Colleoni Chapel.

Final Years and Death

In the year 1761, Giovanni was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Throne Room at the Royal Palace of Madrid. He also painted two other ceilings in the palace. However, his work was subject to jealousy and opposition from some of his contemporaries which led to the removal and replacement of a significant chunk of his work at the palace. He died in Madrid, Spain, in 1770.