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Gaspare Diziani

Time Dictating the History of Venice


Gaspare Diziani
Belluno, Italy, 1689 – Venice 1767


Time Dictating the History of Venice


About 1760


Oil on canvas


47 x 46 cm


Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 1975.9


Western Art

Diziani was a painter of the eighteenth century, active both in his native Veneto and in Dresden, he was profoundly influenced by Ricci and Giovanni Baptista Tiepolo.This is a sketch for the ceiling of the Sala del Trionfo di Venezia, in the palace of Ca’Contarini a San Beneto. The figure of Fame, with a trumpet, on the right, was later eliminated, but the figures of Chronos, or time, and History, who is shown winged, as required by Ripa, are little changed.

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