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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

(1696 Venice – 1770 Madrid)

Mago con quattro figure presso un’ara fumante (Magician with four figures near a smoking altar). Etching from the set Scherzi di Fantasia. 22.2 x 17.9 cm. De Vesme 18 II, Rizzi (1970) 8 II, Rizzi (1971) 9 II. Watermark: Crowned coat-of-arms (fragment).

A first group of fourteen Scherzi was published after Tiepolo’s death by his son Giandomenico in the first collected edition of Tiepolo prints (1775). The second edition has a different numbering system and includes 23 Scherzi and two prints on religious themes. The latter were added to collect all Giovanni Battista’s prints in a single volume. The dating of the Scherzi has been a matter of dispute, but it is now generally accepted that the etchings from this suite were created between ca. 1743 and 1757.

The iconography of the Scherzi is distinguished by its towering creative power and highly spiritual imagery. It is an exemplary reflection of the refinement of the zeitgeist in 18th century Venice, which explains why these prints have lost none of their fascination and mystery even for the modern beholder. They comprise lucid and brilliant variations on bucolic and exotic themes with manifest citations from the world of the commedia dell’arte. The scenes should not be seen as allegories, nor do they have any deeper inner meaning. There were created solely to please the eye and offer refined visual enjoyment.

A very fine and clear impression with wide, even margins. Slight handling traces, minor staining, otherwise in perfect condition.

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