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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Glorification of the Barbaro Family, (ceiling decoration)
ca. 1750
Oil on canvas

96 x 183 3/4 inches
Anonymous Gift, in memory of Oliver H. Payne, 1923

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History:

This light-filled composition was painted about 1750 to decorate a ceiling in a room of the Palazzo Barbaro, Venice. The Barbaro were among the most illustrious Venetian families and it is to them that the male figure of Valor accompanied by a lion alludes. Behind Valor is Fame blowing her trumpet and holding an olive branch, and behind the lion is Abundance, with a cornucopia. At the lower left are Prudence, with a snake, and Nobility, holding a statuette of Minerva.


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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian, 1696-1770
b. March 5, 1696, Venice
d. 1770


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