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Tiepolo was internationally acclaimed for his illusionistic, grand-scale paintings. This bozzetto, or sketch for a larger work, was made as a preparatory study for one of his many elaborate ceiling paintings. Diagonal composition, expressive movement, and radiant light are used to create space...

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Until 1889, David P. Sellar, London; June 6, 1889, Sellar sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 80. 1904, Charles Fairfax Murray, London and Florence; 1904, from Murray to Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: March 8, 1906)

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection



37.1 x 42.9cm (14 5/8 x 16 7/8in.) Other (Oval design; Oval Design): 34 x 43cm (13 3/8 x 16 15/16in.) Framed: 51.4 x 60.3 x 5.1 cm (20 1/4 x 23 3/4 x 2 in.)

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Oil on canvas