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

Ceiling painting

1740
Fresco
Palazzo Clerici, Milan

The gallery in the Palazzo Clerici in Milan is one of the most harmonious of eighteenth-century ceiling paintings with its gilt boiseries in the French style, mirrors, sconces, and tapestries. It contains Apollo on the Sun-Chariot and the Four Corners of the World. With great ingenuity Tiepolo overcame the extremely unfavourable proportions for a fresco painting (21,5 x 5,5 m) by placing the few groups of Olympian gods far apart on dramatic banks of clouds, saving the centre of the ceiling for Apollo and his sun-chariot. Groupings above the cornices of the long walls representing the four corners of the world serve as framing accents for the bizarre compositions above the end walls.




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