An Eagle with Wings Spread

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)

Charcoal, highlighted with white chalk, on blue paper
13-11/16 x 9-3/4 in. (34.7 x 24.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink on verso, 24 xrs No 2938; above, in graphite, 401 (Bossi-Beyerlen "code number"; see Knox, 1980, I, pp. 200-207).
    Annotated in graphite on verso of mat, Exposition Venice 1929/99; annotated in graphite on recto of mat, Vorlage für den Adler aus einer Standartenstange der "Vermählung Barbarossa" in Würzburg/99.

    Marking: The watermark (letters RO SA) is only partly legible, and it may be similar in type to no. 36 in Jacob Bean and Felice Stampfle, Drawings from New York Collections, vol. III, The 18th Century in Italy, New York, 1971.

  • Provenance

    Giovanni Domenico Bossi ; Maria Theresa Karoline Bossi ; Karl Christian Friedrich Beyerlen ; H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, sale, March 27-28, 1882, uncertain lot no.; Eisemann ; Dr. Hans Wendland (Lugano); de Vries (Amsterdam); Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, marquis de Biron ; Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, marquis de Biron

  • References

    Detlev Baron von Hadeln The Drawings of G. B. Tiepolo. 2 vols., Paris, 1928, cat. no. vol. 1, fig. no. vol. 2, pl. 136, p. 24, ill.

    Dr. Hans Wendland, Lucino di Lugano Exposizione del settecento italiano; catalogo generale, Venice. Venice, 1929, cat. no. 1-19, p. 29.

    Harry B. Wehle Tiepolo and His Contemporaries. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1938, cat. no. 47, fig. no. 47, ill.

    Walter Mehring European Drawings from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Portfolio of Collotype Reproductions [Vol. 1: Italian Drawings; Vol. 2: Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings; Vol. 3: "New Series": Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 vols., New York, 1942-1944, cat. no. 46 (vol.1), fig. no. 46, ill.

    Hans Tietze European Master Drawings in the United States. J. J. Augustin, New York, 1947, cat. no. 90, fig. no. 90, ill.

    Max H. von Freeden, Carl Lamb Das Meisterwerk des Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Die Fresken der Würzburger Residenz. Munich, 1956, cat. no. 45, fig. no. pl. 45, p. 105, ill.

    George Knox, Adelheid M. Gealt "The Paintings by G. P. Tiepolo." in Burlington Magazine. vol. 105, London, 1963, fig. no. 56, p. 328, ill.

    George Knox, Christel Thiem Tiepolo. Zeichnungen von Giambattista, Domenico und Lorenzo Tiepolo aus der Graphischen Sammlung der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, aus württembergischem Privatbesitz und dem Martin von Wagner Museum der Universität Würzberg Exh. cat., Graphische Sammlung, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. Graphische Sammlung, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, 1970, cat. no. 181, p. 170.

    George Knox, Adelheid M. Gealt Tiepolo. A Bicentenary Exhibition 1770-1970. Drawings, Mainly From American Collections, by Giambattista Tiepolo and the Members of His Circle. Exh. cat., March 14 - May 3, 1970. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1970, cat. no. 31, fig. no. 31, ill.

    Antonio Morassi "Sui disegni del Tiepolo nelle recenti mostre di Cambridge Mass. e di Stoccarda" Arte Veneta. vol. 24, Venice, 1970, fig. no. 437, p. 298, ill.

    George Knox, Adelheid M. Gealt "Italian Drawings in New York" in Burlington Magazine. vol. 113, no. 818, London, May 1971, cat. no. vol. 118, p. 291.

    Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, vol. III: Eighteenth Century Italian Drawings. Exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 30-March 21, 1971. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1971, cat. no. 154, fig. no. 154, p. 67, ill.

    James Byam Shaw "The Biron Collection of Venetian Eighteenth-Century Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." in The Metropolitan Museum Journal. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 3, New York, 1971, p. 246.

    E. F. Weeks, Barry Hannegan The Tiepolos: Painters to Princes and Prelates Exh. cat., Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art; Springfield, MA, Museum of Fine Arts. Birmingham, Alabama, 1978, cat. no. 51, fig. no. p. 88, ill.

    George Knox, Adelheid M. Gealt Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo. A Study and Catalogue Raisonné of Chalk Drawings. 2 vols., Oxford, 1980, cat. no. vol. 1, 2, fig. no. pl. 32, pp. 12, 281, ill.

    Jacob Bean, William M. Griswold 18th Century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, cat. no. 239, fig. no. 239, pp. 244-46, ill.

    Bernard Aikema Tiepolo and His Circle. Drawings In American Collections. Exh. cat., Cambridge, MA., Harvard University Art Museums; New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library. Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1996, cat. no. 99, pp. 272-73, ill.

    Bernard Aikema, Margaret Tuijn Tiepolo in Holland. Works by Giambattista Tiepolo and his circle in Dutch collections Exh. cat., Rotterdam. Rotterdam, 1996, fig. no. 1, p. 48, ill.

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