Turkish Lancer and Onlookers Approaching a Town

Artist: Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1727–1804 Venice)

Date: 1760–70

Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and pale brown wash, over black chalk; framing outlines by the artist in pen and brown ink

Dimensions: Frame: 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm)
Sheet: 11 1/4 x 16 3/16 in. (28.5 x 41.1 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1937

Accession Number: 37.165.67


This sheet belongs to a group of drawings by the Venetian painter Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo of Ottoman Turkish horsemen and chieftains riding or resting in idyllic landscapes, accompanied by exotically clad attendants. Tiepolo's compositions generally reflect the contemporary artistic and literary taste in Venice for tales of exotic Eastern romance.