By Roberto Calasso
Title note: unique name Il rosa Tiepolo
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2006
The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his existence executing commissions in church buildings, palaces, and villas, usually masking immense 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 paintings. The lifetime of an epoch swirled round him—but even though his contemporaries preferred and sought after him, they did not comprehend him.
Few have even tried to take on Tiepolo’s sequence of thirty-three strange and haunting etchings, the Capricci and the Scherzi, yet Roberto Calasso rises to the problem, reading them as chapters in a depressing narrative that comprises the key of Tiepolo’s artwork. Blooming ephebes, girl Satyrs, Oriental sages, owls, snakes: we'll locate all of them, in addition to Punchinello and dying, in the pages of this e-book, besides Venus, Time, Moses, various angels, Cleopatra, and Beatrice of Burgundy—a motley corporation regularly at the go.
Calasso makes transparent that Tiepolo was once greater than a stunning intermezzo within the background of portray. particularly, he represented a specific approach of assembly the problem of shape: endowed with a fluid, likely easy variety, Tiepolo was once the final incarnation of that bizarre Italian advantage sprezzatura, the artwork of now not seeming crafty.