Drawings by Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), son of the preeminently famous ceiling muralist Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770). Giandomenico, too, covered many a ceiling with skyscapes full of flying or floating creatures, immune to gravity. Father and son both left thousands of sketches. Above, Giandomenico's blindfolded Cupid with celestial companions. Below, a sequence with pastoral lovers Angelica & Medoro.
The Tiepolos were inclined to introduce flying figures even where the situation might not traditionally be thought to require them.
|Announcement to Zacharias of the Birth of John the Baptist (His Son)|
|The Flight into Egypt Guided by Angels (personally supervised by God the Father)|
|St. James Taken to Heaven|
|Standing Figure in Clouds|
|Monkey Swinging on a Parapet|
|Punchinello Riding an Ass|
|Punchinello's Last Illness|
All drawings from collections at the Morgan Library in New York.