The Investiture of Bishop Harold as Duke of Franconia

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 643

Tiepolo made this oil sketch in preparation for a fresco in an elaborately stuccoed and gilded reception room completed in 1752 for the prince‑bishop’s palace in Würzburg, present-day Germany. It represents an event in the city’s history that helped to celebrate and legitimize the region’s rulers: in 1168, Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa gave Harold of Hochheim, Bishop of Würzburg, the title of Duke of Franconia.

The Investiture of Bishop Harold as Duke of Franconia, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid), Oil on canvas

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