Family of the Magician
From the series Scherzi di Fantasia (Venice: Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, c. 1778)

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1696 - 1770

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1743-1750


Plate: 8 3/4 x 6 13/16 inches (22.2 x 17.3 cm) Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 7/8 inches (36 x 25.1 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's second series of etchings, Playful Fantasies, was executed in the 1740s. Here, the juxtaposition of the young woman with a child and the older, bearded man is reminiscent of images of the Holy Family.