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

Bellerophon on Pegasus

Fresco, diameter c. 600 cm
Palazzo Labia, Venice

The ceiling fresco is conceived as an illusionistic view of the heavens, where Bellerophon rides upon the white winged-steed Pegasus towards Glory, untroubled by the old man with the lance at the bottom of the picture, who can no longer harm him. Glory is personified by a female figure in golden yellow robes, floating on a cloud next to a pyramid, the traditional symbol of eternity.

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