Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was a very important painter of the late Baroque and Rococo. He was born in Venice, where he learned painting at an early age and achieved soon great success. 1750-53 he went with two of his sons to Würzburg in Germany where he decorated the new residence of the rich and powerful Prince Bishop. These ceiling and wall frescoes are still regarded as Tiepolo's masterpiece.

Tiepolo's great wall paintings demonstrate excellent the attitude of Rococo toward history. Greek myths, and epics mingle with allegories and stories from the antiquity and the Bible. Furthermore the architecture depicted in the paintings is usually incorporated into the real architecture of the palace, so that the mythic historical figures often seem to dwell in the Bishop's Palace. So history is no past or even something strange, it is an ideal to which it is tried to adapt the present.

Queen Zenobia before Emperor Aurelianus (c.1717)

Rape of the Sabine Women (1718-19)

Beheading of John the Baptist 1732/33

The Banquet of Cleopatra 1743

Eurybates and Talthybios Lead Briseis to Agamemmon (1757)

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia (1757)