Scherzo di fantasia (Three Figures and an Owl)
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1696 - 1770
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Tiepolo produced two series of etchings, probably in the 1730s and 1740s, I Capricci and Scherzi di fantasia, that repeat the same kinds of motifs as seen in this drawing--for example, owls, torches, bearded and turbaned old men, and urns--in mysterious combinations. Many drawings by the artist are, like this one, related to but not exactly preparatory for prints in the Scherzi and Capricci.