Inscribed in the plate at bottom center: Joannes Batta Tiepolo inv. et pinxit. / Jo. Dominicus Filius del. et fecit.
A very fine, brilliant impression, with velvety effects in the darker areas, in the first state of two, before the addition of the number 37 upper left, added in the edition of 1776.
In fine condition with uncut margins, trace of a vertical fold at center, visible manly on the verso, unobtrusive on the recto.
Domenico made this etching from his father’s painting, formerly at the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice and now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the largest painting by Giovanni Battista, his son Giovanni Domenico translates this subject in an imposing etching with impressive and sensuous figures. Printed on XVIII century Venetian paper with watermark: letters S V.
The sheet is included in the Giovanni Domenico’s Catalog with the title: Valor, Fama, Prudence and Nobility, but represents the Apotheosis of Francesco Barbaro, as indicated in the Mariette Index: The ceiling depicts the subject of the canvas by Giovanni Battista: Valor and Fama with the trumpet that is painted in the house of N. H. Barbaro. The canvas, which was on the spot until 1780, is now kept at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, (see Pallucchini, L’ opera completa di Giambattista Tiepolo, 1968, no. 190).
Aldo Rizzi, L’opera grafica dei Tiepolo, Le acqueforti, 1971, n. 113 pag. 252