TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia

Fresco, 350 x 700 cm
Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza

The wall of the portego shows the scene of The Sacrifice of Iphigenia.

The sacrifice of Iphigenia takes place in an illusionistic hall of columns, which partially block the spectator's view of the scene. In the centre of the picture, Iphigenia lies on the altar, the priest ready to apply the knife. However, the deer hind sent by Diana to save Iphigenia is already descending on a cloud, accompanied by two putti, from the left towards the altar. Agamemnon stands somewhat isolated, on the very right of the picture, covering his face in order not to have to witness the death of his daughter. As onlookers, Tiepolo has gathered together warriors and Orientals, one of whom has placed his arm around a column, adding a perfect touch to the illusionism of the simulated architecture.