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Maker(s):Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista (Giambattista)
Culture:Italian (1696 - 1770)
Title:Angelica and Medoro
Date Made:early 1740's
Materials:Pen and bistre ink with brush and bistre wash over black chalk on white antique laid paper
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:sheet: 16 11/16 x 11 1/2 in.; 42.3863 x 29.21 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1960.43
Credit Line:Purchased with the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Land in honor of Clarence Kennedy
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

nude man reclining and woman holding him in landscape with putti

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

Giambattista Tiepolo, a renowned eighteenth-century Venetian painter, was considered an exemplar of the monumental pictorial tradition in Italian art. Favoring heroic and religious themes, he had a unique talent for depicting forceful visual dramas through dynamic, theatrically staged scenes.

In this drawing Giambattista aggressively uses washes of differing intensities to model space and form along with bold brush-strokes and brilliant highlights that clash with deep shadows to illustrate the love story of Angelica and Medoro. Angelica, the princess of Cathay, fell in love with the wounded Moorish soldier Medoro, whom she nursed back to health. Sharply contrasting planes of shadow and light meet over the lover’s stylized bodies and, in combination with Giambattista’s sweeping brush strokes, create an almost painfully dynamic composition that breathes fiery life into the scene.

men; women; mythology

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