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A centaur and a satyress at play

  • Listed: January 1, 1970 12:00 am
  • Title: A centaur and a satyress at play
  • Artist: Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
  • Origins:
  • Format (cm): 19.4 x 27 cm.
  • Format (in): 7 5/8 x 10 5/8 in.
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  • Last Sale price: 68 500,00
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A centaur and a satyress at play


Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Venice 1727-1804) A centaur and a satyress at play signed ‘Dom Tiepolo f.’ black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, watermark device 7 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (19.4 x 27 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 6 July 1992, lot 100. with Kate Ganz Ltd., New York.
This charming scene comes from a series of studies of centaurs and satyrs, which James Byam Shaw described as ‘the most delightful and original of all Domenico’s allegorical and mythological subjects’ ( The Drawings of Domenico Tiepolo , London, 1962, p. 41). The drawings were apparently executed as independent works of art, although they can be linked with themes which appeared in Domenico’s mature painted works. In 1759 he painted a decorative cycle showing satyrs for the Zianigo family’s country villa, in a room afterwards known as the Camera dei Satiri, while, some thirty years later, he executed another mythological scheme for the same family representing scenes of centaurs (1791; both fresco cycles now in the Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice). Byam Shaw has suggested that the present series may date from between these two fresco cycles, perhaps to around 1770.

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