Jacopo GUARANA - 1720 - 1808
Group of Four Female Figures
Venetian School

Black chalk

14.5 X 20.7 cm

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Jacopo Guarana, born in Venice in 1720, is admired along with Giovanni Battista Tiepolo as a decorator of Venetian churches and palaces in the second half of the eighteenth century. Among other works, he painted the frescoes in the cupola of the Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna; those in the Ospedaletto the Ca'Rezzonico and the Dodges Palace in Venice and others in the Villa Pisani at Stra. He was certainly trained in the manner of Ricci, but after the middle of the century he assimilated some of Tiepolo's crystalline luminosity. On Francesco Fontebasso's death in 1769, Jacopo Guarana was left in Venice as the only talented decorative painter in the pure Tiepolesque tradition. Of all Tiepolo's pupils, Guarana was the one who succeeded best in carrying on the decorative tradition, and was not concerned with a serious classical world but with creating a piquant and impressive effect. He was a pure settecento artist who did not feel the effect of the nineteenth century but continued his expressions in the rococo ideals. Jacopo Guarana died in his native city in 1808.


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