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Maker(s):Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista (Giambattista); Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico
Culture:Italian (G. Battista 1696 - 1770) (G. Domenico 1727 - 1804)
Title:Oriental
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Drawing
Materials:pen and brown ink and brush and gray wash on off-white laid paper
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:sheet: 8 1/8 x 4 9/16 in.; 20.6375 x 11.5888 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1976.54.386
Credit Line:Bequest of Henry L. Seaver
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art
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Description:
standing bearded man in long robes, holding a large book in each arm

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Amanda Manocherian, class of 2015:

Both the artists within the Tiepolo family who created this work, and the original purpose of this mysterious drawing, remain unknown. Giandomenico, the eldest son of Giambattista, spent his formative years as an apprentice in his father’s studio copying his father’s works and assisting him with his commissions. Consequently, Giandomenico and Giambattista often exhibit similar stylistic tendencies which make it difficult to determine which one of them specifically executed this drawing. Although this drawing does not display the grandiloquence of a typical Giambattista composition, it most certainly exhibits his characteristically sharp contrast between light and shadow and the dramatic presence of physical form created by sweeping, dynamic brush strokes within the figure.

Tags:
men; costume; literature

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