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Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista

This is a sketch for a no-longer extant painting on canvas intended to decorate a ceiling in a building of the imperial court of Russia, whose memory is preserved in an engraving made by Giambattista´s youngest son Lorenzo. The engraving forms a set with another three, two of which were also made by Lorenzo, on the basis of original works by his father, as part of the same commission. The en

Saint John the Evangelist
Pencil, Pencil strokes, Grey-brown wash on white paper. 1769
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Saint John the Evangelist
Pencil, Pencil strokes, Grey-brown wash on white paper. 1769
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista

Traditionally, this work was considered a preparatory sketch for the frescoes on the dome of the collegiate church at La Granja. In 1768 Charles III initiated the decoration of that church, and its dome appears in architect Francesco Sabatini’s drawings with eight spaces designated for pictorial scenes. Spanish painters Mariano Salvador Maella (1739-1819) and Francisco Bayeu y Subías (1734-

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