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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

(1727–1804, Venice)

Gli Amori di Rinaldo e Armida. Etching and engraving after Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. 29.4 x 20 cm. De Vesme 95, Rizzi (1970) 139, Rizzi (1971) 143, Succi 182 II. Watermark: Tre Lune with letters.

Towards the end of his career Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo executed four etchings after paintings by his father with motifs from Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, a heroic story of battle and love at the time of the First Crusade (1095–1099). The present etching shows the knight Rinaldo sat beside Armida, enchantress and Queen of Damascus, who fell in love with the hero. The print is very rare and was only included in the third edition of prints after Giovanni Battista. Created in 1776, it is the last etching Giovanni Domenico ever made. With its noble pathos and delicate eroticism it perfectly mirrors the refinement of 18th century Venetian painting. The highly sensitive depiction of atmosphere and light and the subtle play of halftones in this precious sheet provide a convincing demonstration of Giandomenico’s talent as an etcher. A superb, sharp and strong impression with thread margins. Minor ageing, some residues on the former mounting on the reverse, slightly stained in the white margins, otherwise in very good condition.

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