Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings

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Psyche Transported to Olympus Pen And Brown Ink, With Brown Wash, Over Black Chalk, On Paper © Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum
Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings

225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, NY 10016
September 27th, 2013 - January 5th, 2014
Opening: September 27th, 2013 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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Tue-Thu 10:30-5 p.m. Fri 10:30 -9; Sat 10-6; Sun 11-6


The Morgan's collection of eighteenth-century Venetian drawings is among the world's finest, with more than 300 sheets by renowned masters Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770) and his son Domenico (1726–1804). Drawn entirely from the museum's holdings, Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World features a selection of more than one hundred works on paper and chronicles the vitality and originality of drawing during Venice's second Golden Age.

The eighteenth century saw the resurgence of the legendary maritime city as a center for international arts patronage. Venice was home to several flourishing family workshops and commissions from the church, nobility, bourgeoisie, and foreign travelers ensured the fame of her artists. The exceptional creativity of Venetian masters is seen in Giambattista Tiepolo's luminous wash studies for frescoed ceilings and painted figures; views of Venice and architectural capricci by Francesco Guardi and Canaletto; early designs executed by Giovanni Piranesi during his formative years in the city; and Domenico Tiepolo's humorous Scenes from Contemporary Life and theatrical vignettes depicting the comic character Punchinello.