Female Satyr with Tambourine, Child and a Putto

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 frescoes and ceiling paintings, inhabited by soaring gods and allegorical figures, earned him great fame. His fantasia, or imagination, was no less ambitious in the terrestrial zone. This oval painting was likely part of a decorative cycle found in an aristocratic Venetian palazzo. The canvases are related to Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered, a masterpiece of Italian literature that tells a tale of forbidden love and of the battle between good and evil, during the Crusades. The oval paintings, originally four in number, served as overdoors. Satyrs, half human and half goat, do not appear in the original epic poem, but their beastly nature may function as pictorial metaphor for the immoral and self-indulgent passions of two of the poem’s characters, Rinaldo and Armida.

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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