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

Ceiling painting

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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