Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Tiepolo
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (March 5, 1696, Venice — March 27, 1770, Madrid) is the greatest artist of the Italian Rococo, a master of frescoes and engravings, the last great representative of the Venetian school.
In his work Tiepolo goes beyond pure style. Baroque, as, indeed, Rococo, is a game with illusory space and shapes in it; it is a game with light, color and various compositional techniques. This is an attempt to open a window into another world — a world of endless celebration, motion, painless and free existence in the mythical space of the Golden Age. It is the world that badly tries to break away from down-to-earth reality and escape into a whirlwind of exquisite images, colors and everything that one could imagine.
The color spectrum of Tiepolo’s mature works is based on the game of space, light and halftones. Ultimate lightness and luminosity of his compositions, depicted in the typical Rococo colors, are mixed. However, with quite realistic and academically precise painting of figures and even the sky (background), the color mixing adds to this initial decorative plafond painting the features of a tangible subject beginning — in lighting effects, perspective, and composition that elevate the overall impression of his works to a whole new level of perception. "This mixture of realism with something incredible and fabulous, once again, is Tiepolo’s main feature, his distinguishing feature" (A. Benois).
"...The last true genius of Italian painting... His contribution is so incommensurable with all that surrounded him, as Leonardo and Michelangelo, or as Titian and Tintoretto, or Rubens and Rembrandt" Alexander Benois
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