View of a Villa

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View of a Villa


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1696 - 1770)




Italy (Place created)


1757 - 1759


Pen and brown ink and brown wash


15.2 x 26 cm (6 x 10 1/4 in.)

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo probably created his few landscape drawings for their own sake, purely for enjoyment during summer visits to the countryside. Long admired as an exceptional draftsman, Tiepolo used rapid strokes of ink and dark, fluid washes to evoke the flat terrain and bright sunlight of the Veneto, the region of Italy around Venice.

Instead of architectural accuracy or detail, Tiepolo explored light, tone, and texture. Clouds cast shadows on the sunlit building, and even the golden brown shadows on the stone outer wall are suffused with light, but the exact building cannot be identified. To render the quickly sketched large tree, which acts as a foil for the great mass of this typically Venetian villa, Tiepolo adopted Guercino's dynamic chiaroscuro effects.

Italian Master Drawings (May 5 to July 19, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), May 5 to July 19, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (108)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (48)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002) (48)
  • 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) (48)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 1 to August 22, 2004