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Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Venice (Italy), 1696 - Madrid (Italy), 1770
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Venice (Italy), 1696 - Madrid (Italy), 1770

Tiepolo was famous throughout Europe as an unrivaled fresco painter and a splendid draftsman. His first teacher, Gregorio Lazzarini, encouraged his disciples to study 16th-century Venetian art but Tiepolo was also influenced by the tenebrist technique of Federico Bencovich and the monumental realism of his great contemporary, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. His first clients were Venetian noblility,

Nani, Mariano
Naples (Italy), 1725 - Madrid (Spain), 1806
Nani, Mariano
Naples (Italy), 1725 - Madrid (Spain), 1806

Mariano Nani, arrived in Spain in 1759 as a painter/decorator for the Buen Retiro Royal Factory. Born in Naples, he was the son of Giacomo Nani, a less gifted still life artist who traveled with him to Spain. Information in different archives shows that he was an anxious nonconformist, dissatisfied with his work at Buen Retiro, which kept him from oil painting, “his main work”, as he said in 1769.

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