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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian, Venice, 1696–1770

A Nymph with a Small Satyr and Two Goats, from Vari capricci (Various Capriccios)

1740–42, printed 1785 (second edition)

Etching

platemark: 14 × 17.4 cm (5 1/2 × 6 7/8 in.) sheet: 23 × 31.5 cm (9 1/16 × 12 3/8 in.) framed: 38.1 × 19.7 × 2.2 cm (15 × 7 3/4 × 7/8 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.5.6
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo is best known for his exuberant frescoed decorations of palaces and villas in and near Venice and in the prince-bishop’s residence in Würzburg, Germany. Although he was closely associated with printmaking and publishing circles in Venice, his own printed oeuvre is small, but the set of ten enigmatic subjects he made in the early 1740s, the Vari Capricci, was prized in its day and influential for younger artists such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The images, with generic figures of philosophers, soldiers, and gypsies in self-contained, vaguely defined landscapes, hark back to seventeenth-century works by Salvator Rosa and Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. The prints are dreamlike and timeless, true caprices eluding attempts to assign them any coherent meaning.
Geography: 
Made in Italy
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Italian
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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