Plate 1

Young Man Seated, Leaning Against an Urn, plate from "Vari Capricci" (Various Caprices), 1740s


The Herschel V. Jones Fund, by exchangeexpand_more  P.81.2.1

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One of the most renowned Italian painters of the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo brought Venetian flair to palaces across Europe through expansive ceiling frescoes for royal patrons such as Prince Karl Philipp in Würzburg and King Charles III of Spain. During the 1740s when he was painting decorations for private palaces in Venice, Tiepolo began experimenting with printmaking. His etchings, like this one from a volume of lively and whimsical scenes, capture the other-worldly qualities of light and suspended action that appear in his frescoes, but in a much smaller, personal format.

Young Man Seated, Leaning Against an Urn, plate from "Vari Capricci" (Various Caprices)
Artist Life
(Venice), 1696–1770
Accession Number
A.M. Zanetti edition, Liechtenstein collection (until late 1940s/1950s; sold to Colnaghi's); [Colnaghi's, London, in late 1940s/early 1950s]; Sale, Sotheby's Parke Bernet, London, November 26-28, 1979, lot 1015 (set of 10 prints), for £10,250; [David Tunick, New York, until 1981; sold to MIA]
Catalogue Raisonne
D.V.3, R29
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Plate 1