A Dance in the Country

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 643

Unlike his father, the younger Tiepolo did not pursue complex allegorical schemes, but expressed his artistic personality most strongly through idealized depictions of contemporary life. This country dance combines figures dressed fashionably and in the archetypal costumes of the Italian comedy, including the jaunty figure of Mezzetin at center and the masked, hatted character of Punchinello, or Punch, who was a favorite of the artist. Though the mood is very different from the elder Tiepolo’s paintings, similarly unexpected and playful tricks of composition and dramatic foreshortening appear here, such as the chair turned away at right and Mezzetin’s incredible pose: raised on one leg with his elbow pointed toward the viewer.

#5211. A Dance in the Country

A Dance in the Country, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1727–1804 Venice), Oil on canvas

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