'Hovering Geniuses', 1752-1753, (1928). Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
'Hovering Geniuses and other detail for the Fresco on the Staircase-hall of the Würzburg Residence', 1752-1753, (1928). 'Two hovering geniuses and a group of figures', chalk on paper. Study for the ceiling frescoes of the staircase-hall in the Würzburg Residence, Germany. At one time known to have been in the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett, Stuttgart, Germany. Italian Venetian painter and printmaker Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), worked not only in Italy, but also in Germany and Spain. He was commissioned to carry out frescoes in churches and palaces, and was elected President of the Academy of Padua. As well as his large-scale majestic works, he also produced etchings and oil paintings, and is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the period. Illustration from The Drawings of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Volume II, by Detlev Baron Von Hadeln. [The Pegasus Press, Paris, 1928]
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Self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, engineer and architect, c1513. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, engineer and architect, c1513. Da Vinci's (1452-1519) scientific drawings featured ideas such as a spinning wheel and a flying machine. He dissected human bodies (which he used to produce accurate anatomical drawings), studied the properties of light and water and worked in Milan as an inspector of fortifications, and later in Florence as a military engineer. Only 17 of his completed paintings are known to survive, but all are regarded as masterpieces. They include the 'Mona Lisa' and 'The Last Supper'. From the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy.
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