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

Bellerophon on Pegasus

1743-50
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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