Seated River God, Nymph with an Oar, and Putto

Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)

Date: 1696–1770

Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush with pale (yellow) and dark brown wash, over black chalk

Dimensions: 9 5/16 x 12 5/16in. (23.7 x 31.3cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1937

Accession Number: 37.165.32


This beautiful drawing, so assured and appealing as an independent work of art, is part of a large group of drawings. The Museum owns forty-two that Tiepolo seems to have kept in his studio as a repertory of compositional motifs. Tiepolo made use of this figure group on two separate occasions, first at the Palazzo Clerici in Milan, where they appear at the edge of a painted cornice, and some twelve years later in the frescoed ceiling of the Kaisersaal in the Würzburg Residenz.