This exhibit comprises a series of preparatory paintings, sketches and drawings connected with Giambattista Tiepolo’s first significant project outside of Venice, a series of frescoes commissioned by Count Carlo Archinto for the Palazzo Archinto in Milan. The palazzo was bombed and its interior was destroyed, leaving only some black-and-white photographs as a record of how the frescoes looked on the ceiling. The nearly 50 objects in the display include paintings and drawings that never have been seen together before.
Giambattista Tiepolo, Perseus and Andromeda, 1730-31. The Frick Collection. Photo: Michael Bodycomb