Female Satyr with Tambourine, Child and a Putto

Artist:
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1696-1770)
Date:
c. 1740-42
Medium:
Oil on canvas, oval (one of a pair) 
Dimensions:
23-5/8 x 37-3/4 in. (60.0 x 95.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1980.06.2.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View
Description

Tiepolo’s luminous paintings earned him great fame for his fantasia, or imagination. These enigmatic oval paintings were likely part of a set of three paintings recorded as overdoors in the Palazzo Avogadro in Brescia during the mid-eighteenth century. The handling of paint is strikingly loose in these works; it was often the case that paintings placed at a considerable height were broader in technique than one would expect in a small gallery picture on account of their location. It is not easy to construct a logical narrative in which satyrs, putti, platters, a rattle, a tambourine, an empty quiver, a vase and a ewer all feature. Although scholars have proposed several interpretations for the meaning of these panels, it is best to classify them as deliberately mysterious comic pastorals.

Provenance:

[?]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).
or ?Palazzo Manin, Venice.
Madame Pierre Lebaudy (née Marie-Marguerite Luzarche d’Azay, 1871-1962) (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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