The Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy

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

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: Oval painted surface, 33 1/8 x 27 1/8 in. (84.1 x 68.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1980

Accession Number: 1980.363

Description

This oil sketch for the ceiling of the saleta adjacent to the throne room of the Palacio Real, Madrid, differs from an alternative version (37.165.3) in the prominence given to Jupiter and his eagle and to Apollo, god of the sun and patron of the arts. Elements of both versions were used in the final fresco.

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