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At the Courtauld

Peter Campbell: Giambattista Tiepolo

23 March 2006
... changes, deportment is adjusted, and the action is taken to brighter or to shadier stages. One journey is from decorous order, on through majestic assurance, to fluttering brilliance. The work of GiambattistaTiepolo marks a late stage on that route. A small, very enjoyable exhibition of his oil sketches (the greater part from the Courtauld’s own collection) and drawings (many from the V&A) can be seen ...

Down the Telescope

Nicholas Penny: The Art of Imitation

24 January 2019
Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War 
by Elizabeth Prettejohn.
Yale, 286 pp., £45, June 2017, 978 0 300 22275 3
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... on a familiar theme. No great European artist better illustrates Prettejohn’s claim that artists may become most themselves when they draw closest to a precursor than Guardi’s brother-in-law, GiambattistaTiepolo. It was only after he had adopted the dressing-up box, the stage sets, the subjects, as well as many of the compositional devices and something of the palette favoured two hundred years ...

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