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

Nuptial Allegory

Ca' Rezzonico, Venice

The subject of the fresco on the ceiling of the Room of Nuptial Allegory is specifically tied to the event which led to the commission: the marriage of Ludovico Rezzonico and Faustina Savorgnan in 1758. Against the radiant sky that opens up beyond the faux balustrade painted by Girolamo Mengozzi Colonna, four impetuous gray horses pull Apollo's chariot, which carries the betrothed couple, the god of light stands behind them. Cupid, blindfolded and bearing a torch, flies next to the chariot. Allegorical figures of the virtues, alluding to the couple's fortunate destiny, circle the scene. These include Fame, blowing a trumpet; the Three Graces, seated on a cloud just beneath Apollo's chariot; and Prudence, to whom flying putti bring a mirror. Beneath the cornice, on a large dark cloud, is an elderly bearded man wearing a laurel wreath. A representation of Merit, he holds a banner with the juxtaposed coats of arms of the two families. Next to him is a lion, symbol of Venice.

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