Monday, May 25, 2015


Drawings by Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), son of the preeminently famous ceiling muralist Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770). Giandomenico, too, covered many a ceiling with skyscapes full of flying or floating creatures, immune to gravity. Father and son both left thousands of sketches. Above, Giandomenico's blindfolded Cupid with celestial companions. Below, a sequence with pastoral lovers Angelica & Medoro.  

The Tiepolos were inclined to introduce flying figures even where the situation might not traditionally be thought to require them.

Announcement to Zacharias of the Birth of John the Baptist (His Son)

The Flight into Egypt Guided by Angels (personally supervised by God the Father)

St. James Taken to Heaven

Standing Figure in Clouds


Monkey Swinging on a Parapet

Punchinello Riding an Ass

Punchinello's Last Illness

All drawings from collections at the Morgan Library in New York.