The Departure of the Gondola

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo Italian

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Possibly painted in Spain, where the artist traveled with his father, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, to fresco ceilings in the Palacio Real, Madrid in 1762, this painting vividly evokes life in their native Venice. The white masks (morette) and short black veils (baute) were worn by elegant residents and visitors during the carnival season. Small cabins (felzi) were installed on gondolas in winter. The silvery tonality and delicate paint handling make this an exceptional work by the artist.

The Departure of the Gondola, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1727–1804 Venice), Oil on canvas

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