man standing on table at R with many people in room surrounding him including musicians

A Recital in a Monastery, c. 1791

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Nothing seemed to escape Domenico Tiepolo’s teasing in the comical drawings he made late in his career. Here he depicted a well-attended performance in the refectory of a monastery. An actor dressed as a Roman soldier takes the stage (a dining table) as an orchestra plays and spectators gather. Tiepolo took aim at the monks’ boisterous and distracted behavior—chatting, moving about, lifting furniture—during the recital, placing a sign reading SILENSIUM above the noisy scene.

Details
Title
A Recital in a Monastery
Artist Life
Italian (Venice), 1727–1804
Role
Artist
Accession Number
22.10
Provenance
Charles Loeser, Florence (until 1922; gave to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
Byam Shaw 1962, no. 59
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man standing on table at R with many people in room surrounding him including musicians