Guided tour

#OPERAINSTUDIO 'Portrait of a baby girl' by Lorenzo Tiepolo

10 December 2021

Opera in studio

Fondazione dell'Albero d'Oro intends to exhibit at Palazzo Vendramin Grimani works that are little or not at all accessible to the general public, while at the same time offering synthetic studies on the individual works that will be included in the series I Quaderni dell'Albero d'Oro (Fondazione dell'Albero d'Oro Edizioni).

Palazzo Vendramin Grimani thus becomes a meeting point for knowledge, opening up its exhibition spaces to episodes in art, particularly Venetian art, that would otherwise be unknown.

Ritratto di bambina di Lorenzo Tiepolo

The first Opera in studio (work undergoing study) is ‘Portrait of a baby girl’ by Lorenzo Tiepolo (Venice, 1736 - Madrid, 1776), on display in the Sala del Doge from 10 December 2021 to 10 March 2022.

On the basis of the maturity of its inspiration, this painting must be attributed to Lorenzo Tiepolo’s Madrid period, perhaps to the early 1770s.

The figure appears like a sort of automaton caught in the unsettling act of coming to life and, in terms of atmosphere, is a precursor to Goya’s work for the cartoons for the royal tapestries now in the Prado Museum (1775-1791).

There is a sort of paradox between the tenderness of the child on the one hand, and her impenetrable expression, almost like that of a Byzantine icon, on the other: a mixture that is alien to both Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo.

Unlike his father and brother, Lorenzo did not infuse his works with irony, and this was a deliberate choice. In this portrait one senses the extinguishing of the magnificent rhetoric that had fuelled Giambattista’s world. A spark from that universe remains only in the grotesque mask that occupies the physical centre of the baroque seat ‘à la Brustolon’, almost as a tribute from the son to his father.

Discover the story of Lorenzo Tiepolo's 18th-century masterpiece Portrait of a Girl on a guided tour of Palazzo Vendramin Grimani until 10 March 2022. The Foundation is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with 2 guided tours per day at 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm.

I Quaderni dell’Albero d’Oro

Una bambina di Lorenzo Tiepolo (“A baby girl by Lorenzo Tiepolo”) is the first in a series of brief studies of individual works exhibited at Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, inaugurating the series entitled I Quaderni dell'Albero d'Oro.

The volume will be available at the Palazzo Vendramin Grimani ticket office from 10 December.

Quaderni dell’Albero d’Oro, 1
Fondazione dell’Albero d’Oro Edizioni
10,00 €
ISBN 9788894625233

Opening of palazzo Vendramin Grimani

24 May – 10 March 2022

From May 24, 2021, Fondazione dell’Albero d’Oro opens the doors of palazzo Vendramin Grimani to the public for the first time.