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
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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.