Saturday, June 23, 2018

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo ... Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760)

an enigmatic series of 24 etchings
























... the original frintispiece ...
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/384181



1. ... the "post-mortem" frontispiece ...

























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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 3:  a seated woman addressing  a standing man, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 224 x 175mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.17. Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. © The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 4:  the head of a man on a wood fire, with spectators gathered around, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 226 x 178mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.18. Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. © The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 5:  a seated magician looking at a pile of skulls, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 225 x 178mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.19. Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. © The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 6:  a seated magician with four standing figures, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 223 x 180mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.20. Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. © The Trustees of the British Museum


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Plate 8: a kneeling woman holding a large dish, watched by numerous figures; a proof before the number.  1750s  Etching

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 9:  Polichinelle speaking to two magicians, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 235 x 185mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.24 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 10: a seated satyr with his wife and son before an owl perched on a pole, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 224 x 178mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.25 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 11: a seated satyr from the back with his family, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 224 x 177mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.26 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 12: Six standing figures looking at a snake, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 229 x 178mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.28 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 13: two standing magicians with a child, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 229 x 178mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.29 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 14: two magicians with two children, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 224 x 177mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.30 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 15: an oriental man with his wife and child, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 224 x 175mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.31 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 16: a seated beggar seen from behind watched by orientals, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 225 x 175mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.32 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 17: the discovery of the tomb of Polichinelle, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 235 x 184mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.33 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 19: three standing men in front of a horse, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 220 x 179mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.35 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 20: a seated philosopher, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 228 x 172mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.36 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Plate 21: a mother with two children seated in front of a donkey, Scherzi di Fantasia (1750-1760) etching, 227 x 176mm. Museum Number 1919,1220.38 Click here to view this object on the British Museum Collection Online. ©The Trustees of the British Museum


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Plate 22: two magicians with a child and a dog beside them; a proof before the number.  1750s  Etching


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Plate 23: a satyr, a bacchante and a faun; a proof before the number.  1750s  Etching


24.     ... clearly never part of the scheme but possibly "thrown in" when selling the set


St Joseph holding the Christ Child Etching





https://visualpursuits.org/2014/09/22/giovanni-battista-tiepolo-elusive-visions/

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