CROSATO, Giovanni Battista
(b. ca. 1685, Treviso, d. 1758, Venezia)

View of the ceiling of the ballroom

Villa Marcello, Levada di Piombino Dese

The ceiling opens upon a luminous sky, where the gods of the Olympus are arranged on clouds, in a complex and expansive composition. Crosato certainly would have been familiar with Tiepolo's works which he specifically cites in certain details. But here he offers proof of his great knowledge of the theatre world, in which he had long been involved as a set designer. His figures function like expressive actors performing in a play.