Triumph of the Arts and Sciences

Photograph of a frescoed ceiling.

Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770)
Triumph of the Arts and Sciences, ca. 1730–31 (destroyed 1943)
From Attilio Centelli and Gerardo Molfese, Gli affreschi di G.B. Tiepolo raccolti da Gerardo Molfese con uno studio di Attilio Centelli (Turin, 1897), pl. 1
Page from unbound book
17 5/8 × 23 1/2 in. (448 × 598 mm)
Azienda di Servizi alla Persona Golgi-Redaelli, Milan
su autorizzazione dell'Azienda di Servizi alla Persona Golgi-Redaelli di Milano


As can be seen from the pre-war photographs, there are several differences between the Lisbon sketch and the final fresco. The addition of the quadratura in the final ceiling meant that the figures were repositioned in relation to the fictive architecture. In the final fresco, Saturn is shown seated on the tympanum of a building; the putto seated under Painting was given wooden squares rather than a mask; and the two putti in the sketch at bottom left and right were eliminated.

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