All Giambattista Tiepolo's places and works in Venice and Vicenza
If you are wondering where to see Tiepolo's works, you are in the right place! Finding one’s way among the countless places that host the works of the great Venetian painter, Giambattista Tiepolo, is not easy.
For this reason, we at Venetoinside have created a dedicated page not only to facilitate this task for you, but also to create a handy list of primarily the sites that house Tiepolo’s works in Venice as well as Vicenza, owing to the importance that these cities have had on the artistic evolution and personal development of Giambattista Tiepolo.
The list of Tiepolo's works and places you will find below has been compiled by dividing the sites in Venice from those of Vicenza and we have included in the first items of both lists the places where Giambattista was particularly productive: from the ancient churches of Venice that house his most beautiful and significant religious works, to the marvelous villas of the Vicenza area where his brushstrokes created splendid mythological and classical episodes and the historic buildings that have hosted through time the masterpieces of the greatest Venetian artist of the 18th century.
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WHERE TO SEE TIEPOLO IN VENICE
- Cà Rezzonico - Museum of 18th Century Venetian Art
Palazzo Rezzonico hosts the most beautiful masterpieces of 18th Century Venetian Art and among these, there are wonderful frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo, in particular those that decorate the 'Salon of the Allegory' and the so-called 'Tiepolo Hall'. In the first hall the great Venetian artist, on the occasion of the wedding between Ludovico Rezzonico and Faustina Savorgnan, celebrated in 1757, paints on the ceiling of the room an imaginative but detailed 'Nuptial Allegory' with the married couple who seem to arrive inside the room directly on Apollo's chariot, preceded by a blindfolded Cupid. In the Tiepolo Hall in Venice, characterized by great visual impact, is the marvelous canvas placed on the ceiling depicting 'The Triumph of Virtue and Nobility Over Ignorance' (1744-1745).
Address: Dorsoduro 3136, 30123 Venice
Buy your ticket online at this link: 'Ca' Rezzonico - 18th Century Venetian Art Museum'
- Church of Santa Maria del Rosario/dei Gesuati
Between 1737 and 1739 the great Venetian artist worked on the paintings on the ceiling of the Venetian church of Gesuati. It comprises three large sections: in the central one is the 'Institution of the Rosary', the section towards the entrance represents the 'Glory of San Domenico' and in the one towards the altar is 'The Madonna appears to San Domenico'. The fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary and the Glory of the Rosary are placed around the large central representations, inserted alternately in oval or quadrilobate frames.
Address: Fondamenta Zattere Ai Gesuati, 30123 Venice
- Scuola Grande dei Carmini
In 1739 Tiepolo worked on painting the ceiling of the Capitular Hall of the aforementioned Devotional Scuola, whose project includes nine sections which have as their main theme the exaltation and glorification of the Scapulars. The cycle begins with the central canvas depicting 'The Virgin in Glory Appearing to Saint Simon Stock', while an angel offers him the Scapular (1746 - 1749), whose miraculous properties are represented in the four side paintings. In the corners of the room there are paintings dedicated to the allegories of virtues and beatitudes.
Address: Dorsoduro, 2617, 30123 Venice
- Palazzo Sandi
Here Tiepolo, between 1724 and 1725, painted his first ceiling fresco, 'The Triumph of Eloquence'. The result was magnificent and also evidence of the ever-stronger influence of Veronese on Tiepolo’s pictorial language. The depicted subject was aimed at celebrating the fundamental virtue of the men of the law, eloquence, an innate characteristic of his client, the lawyer Tommaso Santi.
Address: San Marco, 3870, 30122 Venice
- Palazzo Labia
We can consider the pictorial cycle of Palazzo Labia as one of the greatest masterpieces by Tiepolo in Venice, in particular the decoration of the ballroom (1746 - 1747): in an almost fablelike atmosphere, the artist painted frescoes with allegorical and mythological figures accompanying the glorious scene in the ceiling depicting Bellerophon riding a Pegasus flying towards Dignity and Glory. Along the walls, we find a depiction of the two main episodes in the life of Antony and Cleopatra: their encounter and the famous banquet. In this last scene Tiepolo left a memory of himself with a self-portrait behind Antonio's shoulders.
Address: Campo San Geremia, 30100 Venice
- Gallerie dell’Accademia
Apollo and Marsyas, 1720 - 1725
The Glory of St. Dominic, 1723
The Rape of Europa, 1725
Apparition of the Holy Family in San Gaetano, 1735-1736
St. Helena Finds the True Cross, 1745
Address: Campo della Carità, 1050, 30123 Venice
Buy your ticket online at this link: 'Accademia Galleries in Venice'
- Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Abraham and the Angels, 1732
Agar comforted by an angel in the desert, 1732
Address: San Polo, 3052, 30125 Venice
- Doge’s Palace
Neptune offering gifts to Venice, 1740-1743
Address: Piazza San Marco 1, 30124 Venice
Buy your ticket online at this link: 'Venice Doge's Palace - Skip the line ticket'
- Church of Sant'Alvise
Crowning with Thorns, 1737-1738
Ascent to Calvary, 1740
Address: Campo Sant'Alvise, 3205, 30121 Venice
- Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth known as degli Scalzi
Glory of Saint Teresa, 1720-1725
Transport of the Holy House of Loreto, 1743
Address: Cannaregio, 54, 30121 Venice
- Church of the Holy Apostles
Communion of Saint Lucia, 1745-1750
Address: Cannaregio, 4465, 30121 Venice
- Santa Maria dei Derelitti
Sacrifice of Isaac, 1715
Address: Barbaria delle Tole, 6691, 30122 Venice
- Church of San Stae
Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, 1722
Address: Salizada San Stae, 1982, 30135 Venice
- St Mark’s Basilica
Adoration of the Child (Nativity), 1732
Address: Piazza San Marco, 328, 30100 Venice
- Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione/della Fava
Education of the Virgin, 1732
Address: Campo della Fava, 30122 Castello, Venice VE
Church of San Polo
The Virgin appears to St. John of Nepomuk, 1754
Address: Salizada S. Polo, 2023, 30125 Venice
Church of the Pietà
Triumph of the Faith, 1754-1755
Address: Sestiere Castello, 30122 Venice
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Portrait of the Procurator Dolfin, 1755
Address: Campo Santa Maria Formosa, 5252, 30122 Venice
Buy your ticket online at this link: 'House Museum Fondazione Querini Stampalia'
WHERE TO SEE TIEPOLO IN VICENZA
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Giambattista Tiepolo’s death, you have the chance to see the Tiepolo’s works in Vicenza listed below after purchasing a single ticket with a much more convenient price than the individual entry tickets. For more information and how to book your Tiepolo 250 ticket, visit our page 'Tiepolo 250: single entry ticket to Tiepolo's places in Vicenza'.
Villa Zileri Motterle (Staircase and Noble Hall)
In 1729 to celebrate the inclusion of the Loschi family in the Golden Book of the Republic of Venice, Count Nicolò Loschi commissioned Giambattista Tiepolo to decorate the Biron residence with representations aimed at promoting the new image of the family. Here Tiepolo proves his exceptional talent by decorating the new hall with a cycle of twelve frescoes depicting allegories of the virtues of the noble family.
Address: Viale Zileri, 4/6, 36050 Monteviale VI
Palazzo Chiericati, now the location of the Vicenza Civic Museum, houses two great works by Tiepolo in Vicenza: the Pala of the 'Immaculate Conception' dating back to 1733, and 'The truth revealed by time' painted between 1743 and 1744. The first work is a figure representation of one of the mysteries of the Catholic religion, that is the fundamental principle by which the Virgin was conceived in the womb without the Original Sin. The brightness of the chromatic texture adopted by the artist in this work demonstrates his gradual abandonment of the realistic chiaroscuro style typical of Piazzetta to devote himself to the shiny one of Sebastiano Ricci. The second masterpiece of the Venetian painter is the large canvas 'The Truth Unveiled by Time', originally conceived as a sumptuous ceiling decoration for one of the properties of the Vicenza lawyer Carlo Cordellina. Through the representation of allegorical subjects and the wise use of bright and brilliant colors, the artist refers to the moral and justice virtues of his client.
Address: Piazza Matteotti, 37/39, 36100 Vicenza
Villa Valmarana ai Nani
The building and the guesthouse were frescoed by Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico in 1757, by the will of Giustino Valmarana. Inside each room, particularly in those that make up the central body, magnificent representations related to mythology and classical themes come to life, including passages from the Iliad, the Aeneid, mythology, The Liberation of Jerusalem by Torquato Tasso and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. There also scenes that represent war, sacrifice, love and sensuality in an ancient but at the same time modern epic.
Address: Via dei Nani, 8, 36100 Vicenza
Villa Cordellina Lombardi (Hall of Honor)
The Light of Intelligence overcomes the Darkness of Ignorance, 1743-1744
The Continence of Scipio, 1743-1744
The Continence of Alexander the Great, 1743-1744
Address: Via Lovara, 36, 36075 Montecchio Maggiore-Alte Ceccato
What listed here is just some of the outputs of Giambattista Tiepolo's immense artistic production. As you have seen, we have decided to concentrate on the main works displayed in the Veneto region, in particular the works by Tiepolo in Venice and Vicenza. His art however was in great demand in many places and often well beyond the confines of Italy. His skill, his originality and his passion led him to be empolyed by the great courts of Europe and wealthy private clients. Among the many religious or private commissions, we mention the important decoration work of the Patriarchal Palace of Udine at the behest of the then patriarch Dionysus Dolfin. Here Tiepolo demonstrated his great technical and perspective ability by frescoing the ceiling of the Scalone d'Onore, the Galleria degli Ospiti and the Sala Rossa. In 1750 the Venetian artist travelled to Wurzburg in Germany with his sons Giandomenico and Lorenzo, to decorate the Imperial Hall and the Grandiose Staircase of the residence of Prince-Bishop Carl Philipp von Greiffenklan. It was an immense pictorial work to be considered the maximum result of Tiepolo’s art. In 1762, King Charles III of Spain employed the now elderly Giambattista to decorate the Royal Palace of Madrid. Of particular interest and beauty are the frescoes made on the ceiling of the Throne Room with 'Glory of Spain', 'Apotheosis of Helen' and the 'Triumph of the Spanish Monarchy', located respectively in the Halberdiers' Room and in the Queen's Antechamber. Eight years later Giambattista Tiepolo died in Madrid where he was buried in the Church of San Martin.
After 250 years from his death, we are still here to celebrate and remember one of the greatest artistic geniuses whom, with his tireless work, left an imperishable mark in the history of art.