The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his lifestyles executing commissions in church buildings, palaces, and villas, usually protecting great ceilings like these on the Würzburg Residenz in Germany and the Royal Palace in Madrid with frescoes which are one of the glories of Western artwork. The lifetime of an epoch swirled round him—but notwithstanding his contemporaries favored and renowned him, they did not comprehend him.
Few have even tried to take on Tiepolo’s sequence of thirty-three weird and wonderful and haunting etchings, the Capricci and the Scherzi, yet Roberto Calasso rises to the problem, reading them as chapters in a dismal narrative that comprises the key of Tiepolo’s paintings. Blooming ephebes, lady Satyrs, Oriental sages, owls, snakes: we'll locate all of them, in addition to Punchinello and loss of life, in the pages of this ebook, in addition to Venus, Time, Moses, a number of angels, Cleopatra, and Beatrice of Burgundy—a motley corporation continuously at the go.
Calasso makes transparent that Tiepolo used to be greater than a blinding intermezzo within the historical past of portray. relatively, he represented a selected manner of assembly the problem of shape: endowed with a fluid, likely easy variety, Tiepolo used to be the final incarnation of that atypical Italian advantage sprezzatura, the artwork of no longer seeming crafty.