Christ at Supper with Simon the Pharisee, with the Anointment of Christ's Feet by Mary Magdalen

Object Details

Title:

Christ at Supper with Simon the Pharisee, with the Anointment of Christ's Feet by Mary Magdalen

Artist/Maker:

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, 1727 - 1804)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1785

Medium:

Pen and brown and gray ink, brush with brown and gray wash, over black chalk

Dimensions:

48.6 × 37.5 cm (19 1/8 × 14 3/4 in.)

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In the center of this chaotic, theatrical scene, Mary Magdalen kneels to anoint Christ's feet, while Judas Iscariot stands before them scorning the waste of precious ointment. Rather than showing the scene as it would have appeared during the Biblical era, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo created an image related to contemporary Venice, with wigged and turbaned gentlemen crowding a large room. The tonal nuances of golden washes throughout the sheet are characteristic of Tiepolo's style. Divine light pours in from the direction to which Christ points, and the large column along the center of the sheet stands in shadow against the masonry wall. Tiepolo created this large drawing as part of an extensive Biblical series of more than 250 sheets depicting scenes from the lives of Christ and the Apostles. He conceived each drawing in the series as an independent work of art.

Provenance
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Unknown (Italy)

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Receuil Luzarche

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Unknown [sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, December 14, 1938, lot 9]

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Michel-Lévy, French, by inheritance to Mrs. A.L.D.

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Mrs. A.L.D., consigned for sale by her heirs

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Unknown [sold, Piasa, Paris, Novermber 21, 2001, lot 68, to the J. Paul Getty Museum]

Exhibitions
Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 5 to May 12, 2002
Light and Water: Drawing in Eighteenth-Century Venice (May 17 to August 21, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 1 to August 22, 2004
Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament (October 24, 2006 to January 7, 2007)
  • The Frick Collection (New York), October 24, 2006 to January 7, 2007
Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why (January 29 to May 4, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 29 to May 4, 2008
Bibliography

Byam Shaw, James. "Some Venetian Draughtsman of the Eighteenth Century." Old Master Drawings 28 (1933), p. 55-57.

Byam Shaw, James. The Drawings of Domencio Tiepolo. London: Faber and Faber, 1962, p. 35-37.

Byam Shaw, James and George Knox. The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 6, Italian Eighteenth-Century Drawings. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 1987, p. 136-139.

Gealt, Adelheid M. and George Knox. Giandomenico Tiepolo: maestria e gioco, disegni dal mondo. Milan: Electa, 1996, p. 77-87.

Gealt, Adelheid M. and George Knox. Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2006, pp. 406-7, cat. no. 165, ill.