mounted on ivory paper with blue overmat; foreshortened view of personified Fame with legs at right and head at left, wings outstretched, playing a long horn; putti flying behind and putto in URC with garland

Fame in a Cloud of Putti, 18th century

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Domenico Tiepolo was the son and collaborator of Giambattista Tiepolo. He brought a nervous energy to his drawings, which he often produced in long, thematic series. This is one of many drawings that he made of angels and putti. Over the course of the series, whose full extent has never been counted, he showed the weightless, winged figures in free-floating poses. They appear to have been made simply for his own enjoyment, an outlet for his energy and imagination.

Details
Title
Fame in a Cloud of Putti
Artist Life
Italian (Venice), 1727–1804
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2012.58.50
Provenance
Francesco Guardi (1712-1793), Venice. Horace Walpole (1717-1797), London. William Lygon (1903-1979), 8th Earl Beauchamp, Madresfield Court, Worcestershire, (until 1965; his sale, Christie's, London, June 15, 1965, no. 60). [Richard Day, London, until 1976; sold August 4 for £1,100, to Moir]; Alfred Moir, Santa Barbara (1976-d. 2010; bequeathed to MIA)
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mounted on ivory paper with blue overmat; foreshortened view of personified Fame with legs at right and head at left, wings outstretched, playing a long horn; putti flying behind and putto in URC with garland