LONGHI, Pietro
(b. 1702, Venezia, d. 1783, Venezia)

Fall of the Giants

Palazzo Morosini Sagredo, Venice

For the decoration of the large staircase in the Palazzo Morosini Sagredo, the young Pietro Longhi was employed, who completed the project in 1734. The frescoes shows the influence of Emilian painters, particularly Giuseppe Maria Crespi, with whom he studied in Bologna.

The fresco completely covers the ceiling and the walls of the large stairwell, extending even to the wooden shutters of the windows that open onto it. It depicts the story of Jupiter's root of the Giants, sons of the Earth who had rebelled against the gods, who had cast them out of Olympus. Jupiter appears at the centre of the ceiling, caught in the act of hurling his lightning bolts against the Giants. He sits astride a large eagle that holds other lightning bolts in its beak. Beneath him, arranged in a circle on the clouds, various other Olympian gads witness his victory.