Monday, July 13, 2015

Roman Trophies

Roman Trophies

This group of etchings from the Rijksmuseum was created by Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804) with only intermittent reliance on the work of his father Giambattista Tiepolo, and with greater reliance on personal inspiration (tempered by the boundaries of the contemporary art market). In the conventional devotional print immediately below the clumsy stiffness of the saint becomes an expressive asset set against the strangely compelling (yet also clumsy) postures of the airborne angels.  

S. Petrus Regalatus

S. Francesco di Paula
c. 1750

S. George & S. Antony Abbot
c. 1743-47

S. Helen discovering the True Cross
c. 1748-52

S. Hieronymus Aemilianus
c. 1748-52

S. Margaret
c. 1748-52

Stoning of Stephen

Triumph of Hercules
c. 1757-61

Triumph of Venus
c. 1757-61

Arms of Carl-Philipp von Greiffenklau (Tiepolo patron) borne through the air by angels
c. 1752