A Female Allegorical Figure

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 643

Against a reflective gold-leaf ground, Tiepolo depicts an unknown allegorical figure in a monochrome palette that mimics plaster or stone. This painting, above, was originally part of a complex decorative scheme, possibly the Sala degli Specchi (Room of Mirrors) in the Palazzo Cornaro, Venice, and comes from a series of four works representing female allegorical figures, two of which are in The Met and two in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

A Female Allegorical Figure, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid), Oil on canvas, gold ground

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