Centaur Embracing a Satyress

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1727–1804 Venice)

Pen and dark brown ink, brush and gray-brown wash, over traces of black chalk
7-9/16 x 10-13/16 in. (19.2 x 27.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed in pen and dark brown ink at lower right, "Domo. Tiepolo f".

    Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink on verso, "Gli amori de' Centauri colle ninfe boschereccie. Disegno originale. / di Domenico Tiepolo col nome autografo";
    Numbered in pen and brown ink, "357."

    Marking: The watermark is only partly legible; it does not seem to correspond to the ones listed in Briquet or in Jacob Bean and Felice Stampfle, Drawings from New York Collections, vol. III, The 18th Century in Italy, New York, 1971.

  • Provenance

    Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, marquis de Biron ; Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, marquis de Biron

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 9, 2012–March 25, 2012.

  • References

    James Byam Shaw The Drawings of Domenico Tiepolo.. London and Boston, 1962, p. 41.

    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.

    Jean Cailleux "L'Art du Dix-huitième Siècle" An Advertisement Supplement to The Burlington Magazine. vol. 116, London, 1974, cat. no. 41, fig. no. 36, p. 16, ill.

    James Byam Shaw and George Knox The Robert Lehman Collection, vol. VI, Italian Eighteenth Century Drawings. vol. 6, New York, 1987, cat. no. no. 140, p. 171.

    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. 253, fig. no. 253, p. 257, ill.

  • See also