TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)
Glory of Spain (detail)1762-66
Fresco, 2700 x 1000 cm
Throne Room, Palacio Real, Madrid
A part of the African Continent appears at the lower edge of the picture, characterized by the ostrich. In the clouds, we see Jupiter and his eagle, Minerva, Bacchus, and another divinity. From this angle we can again see that scenes and figural groupings, which, in his other fresco cycles, Tiepolo linked together in an organic fashion, are here divided up and separated from one another in spite of the trompe-l'oeil breaching of the framework.