The Glorification of the Giustiniani Family

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 622

This oil sketch is a precious record of a ceiling in Genoa’s ducal palace that was destroyed in the 1860s. Tiepolo’s composition can be compared with his father’s ceiling design for Würzburg, which Domenico helped to execute (see the oil sketch for that painting nearby). The younger Tiepolo depicted a Giustiniani family patriarch, Jacopo, at the top of a staircase, kneeling before a personification of the Ligurian Republic. At left is a female personification of the Aegean island of Chios, which the Giustiniani family ruled for two centuries. At right, figures in exoticized dress of turbans and loose pants with moustaches and beards allude to the family’s commercial enterprises in Asia Minor.

The Glorification of the Giustiniani Family, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1727–1804 Venice), Oil on canvas

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