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Exhibitions/ Tiepolo Caricatures from the Robert Lehman Collection

Tiepolo Caricatures from the Robert Lehman Collection

At The Met Fifth Avenue
June 30–September 28, 2014
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

While the achievements of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1696–1770) and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, 1727–1804) as fresco painters, draftsmen, and printmakers in Italy, Germany, and Spain have been celebrated extensively, their caricatures have not garnered equal attention. This exhibition of drawings by the Tiepolos from the Robert Lehman Collection presents a cast of characters shared between father and son. Giambattista's caricature studies, produced in great quantity and pasted into albums, catalogue variations of pose and dress derived from contemporary Venetian life. Retained after his father's death, Domenico looked to Giambattista's readily convenient repertoire for inspiration as he turned to drawing in his later years. Produced at the very end of his life, Domenico's Divertimento per li regazzi (Entertainment for Children), a series of 104 drawings featuring the commedia dell'arte character Punchinello, is his crowning achievement as a draftsman. Conventions of gesture, rhetoric, costume, and performance are considered in this small selection of Tiepolo caricatures.

Exhibition Objects

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1696–1770). Caricature of a Fat Man, Seen From Behind, 1760(?). Pen and black ink, gray wash; 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (16.5 x 12 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.459)