Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Scherzo di fantasia (Three Figures and an Owl)Made in Italy, Europe
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1696 - 1770
Pen and brown ink (possibly iron gall) with brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, mounted down
Currently not on view
|The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman and the Edgar Viguers Seeler Fund (by exchange), 1984|
LabelTiepolo 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.