Apollo and Phaëton

Pen and ink drawing of allegorical figures.

School of Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770)
Apollo and Phaëton, ca. 1730–40
Pen and brown ink over a black chalk sketch, brown watercolor and white lead on gray-green paper
15 1/4 × 20 1/2 in. (386 × 521 mm)
The British Museum, London
© Trustees of the British Museum


Traditionally attributed to Tiepolo and linked to his frescoes at Palazzo Archinto, this drawing seems to be an independent work not directly related to the Milanese fresco cycle or the Los Angeles sketch. The quality of the drawing is inferior to that usually achieved by Tiepolo. It may have been executed by Francesco Zugno, who worked alongside Tiepolo on the Rerum Italicarum Scriptores in the early 1730s. The large size of the drawing suggests it may have been intended for the collectors' market.

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