four putti at top--three holding a square banner, the fourth flying horizontally at top center; head and PR shoulder of a figure at bottom, LLQ; sketchy

Putti Floating a Banner, 18th century

This playful sketch of weightless putti (cherubs) lifting a billowing cloth to the light puts the freedom of Giambattista Tiepolo’s penmanship and brushwork on full display. It has not been related to any finished work by Tiepolo, but it may have been a first thought for a titlepage to a book or as a way of including an inscription (appearing on the cloth) in a larger subject.

Details
Title
Putti Floating a Banner
Artist Life
(Venice), 1696–1770
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2012.58.91
Provenance
Barozzi Collection, Venice. [Colnaghi, London; before 1968]. Sale, Sotheby's, London, July 7, 1999, no. 128, for £3,450, to Flavia Ormand for Moir; Alfred Moir, Santa Barbara (1999-d. 2010; bequeathed to MIA)
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four putti at top--three holding a square banner, the fourth flying horizontally at top center; head and PR shoulder of a figure at bottom, LLQ; sketchy