Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804): A New Testament, October 24, 2006, through January 7, 2007

pen and wash drawing of Jesus praying in a garden with a mountain and fallen tree

For the past ten years, Dr. Adelheid M. Gealt, Director, Indiana University Art Museum, and Dr. George Knox, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, have been reconstructing the largest-known New Testament cycle produced by a single artist: 313 large, finished drawings in ink and wash executed by Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804), one of the foremost Venetian artists active during the second half of the eighteenth century. Combining erudition and sophistication, these virtuoso drawings are moving expressions of personal piety and grand achievements of artistic creativity. Sold and scattered soon after his death in 1804, Domenico’s narrative has never before been published or exhibited. This fall, nearly sixty of the finest drawings in the series will be gathered from collections throughout the United States and Europe for display at the Frick. Dr. Gealt is guest curator of the exhibition, which will be organized for the Frick by Curator Susan Grace Galassi. The presentation coincides with the publication of the entire cycle in a fully illustrated annotated catalogue by Adelheid Gealt and George Knox.


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