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

The Apotheosis of the Pisani Family (detail)

Villa Pisani, Stra

This section shows the known continents of Asia, America, and Africa on a cloud, while Europe is portrayed above them, on a bull, to express the greater degree of civilization she was thought to possess. A battle scene appears along the lower edge of the picture and obviously refers to the subjugation of the Turks, symbolized by the two figures in long coats, who have thrown themselves down in front of the invaders.

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