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William Barcham, Professor Emeritus, Fashion Institute of Technology
Born in 1696, Giambattista Tiepolo was arguably, by the mid-eighteenth century, Europe’s greatest artist. His proving ground as a painter of international renown took place not in his native Venice, but in Milan, then part of the Habsburg Empire. This lecture looks at three grand fresco cycles executed by Tiepolo between 1730 and 1740 for noble Milanese families serving the Austrian throne, as well as his frescoed chapel in the church of St. Ambrose, dedicated to the patron saint of Milan.