The Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Italian

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Apollo, his right hand extended, holding a royal scepter, lithely arrives on a bank of clouds, cradling in his left arm his lyre (he is the god of music and the arts). Mercury—the messenger of the gods—flies in with a crown for the enthroned figure of Spain with her lion. Fame sounds his trumpet while Jupiter commands the proceedings above his soaring eagle. The Met owns two equally brilliant but differing oil sketches for the ceiling of a small room adjacent to the throne room of the Palacio Real in Madrid.

The Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid), Oil on canvas

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