(Venice 1736–1776 Madrid)
The Three Graces with Mars, ca. 1760
After Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)
Watermark: Coat of arms with sword (?) lower half/W with open crown and three half moons , top half.
Dimensions: 556 x 401 mm (subject), 618 x 455 (sheet).
Very fine impression, rich in tonal values, in the second of three states, after the addition of “39” in the upper left, but before the name of Giambattista and of the engraver Giandomenico.
This magnificent print after a painting by Giambattista Tiepolo for the Russian Court reveals the technical expertise of Lorenzo as an engraver. The richness of tonal values, velvet-like blacks and a vibrant brilliance characterize this work and show the son’s ability to transfer the luminescence of his father’s paintings to the medium. The painting was executed between 1757 and 1762 (in reverse). It decorated the Chinese Palace of Oranienbaum Park in St Petersburg – one of the two pleasure pavilions built for the Tsarina Catherine II – and was lost during Second World War.
With wide margins beyond the plate mark, which shows traces of the inking, characteristic of early impressions.