Female Satyr with Tambourine

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1696-1770)
c. 1730
Oil on canvas 
23-1/2 x 37-1/2 in. (59.7 x 95.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

These two oval paintings were once installed above doorways in the palace of the prolific art collector Count Luigi Avogadro in Brescia, Italy. An unusual mix of objects, including musical instruments, ewers and lush fabric, surrounds satyrs and cherubs reclining in a rural landscape. Rather than telling stories, the paintings are vibrant, aesthetically pleasing scenes that were meant to amuse and intrigue. When viewed up close, specific details melt into thick, fluid brushstrokes, indicating that the images were designed to be seen from a distance. Like many of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s works, these overdoor decorations were experienced in the context of an elaborate architectural space, which contributed to an all-encompassing sense of opulence.


Conte Luigi Avogadro, Brescia, by 1760, by inheritance to his niece;
Paola Avogadro Fenaroli (d. 1800), Brescia, by inheritance to;
Bartolomeo Fenaroli, Brescia, by inheritance to;
Girolamo Fenaroli, Brescia (1827-1880, when the collection was dispersed).
Pierre and Marie-Marguerite Lebaudy (née Marie-Marguerite Luzarche d’Azay, 1871-1962) possibly as early as 1900, (sale, Paris, Palais Galliera, 15 June 1962, lot 4, ill., as Faunesse, 59.5 x 96 cm., and lot 5, as Faunesse et amours, 59 x 97 cm., to);
[Galerie Cailleux, Paris, sold 26 February 1980 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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