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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), Latinus Offering his Daughter Lavinia to Aeneas in Matrimony, 1753-54

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), Latinus Offering his Daughter Lavinia to Aeneas in Matrimony, 1753-54.

Decorative sequences came to play a major role in the works of Giambattista Tiepolo. He received several commissions to carry out entire decorative schemes, both in his home town of Venice and abroad.

For example, this oval painting is believed to have been part of a series of six mythological scenes originally created as overdoors for a large house, the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice.

A decorative feature
Being a decorative feature above a doorway, the painting was intended to be viewed from below, a fact which explains its di sotto in sù perspective, meaning “from below and up”. The worm’s eye view is accentuated in the scene itself, where the foremost male figure looks at the woman from below.

The painting's decorative aspect
The decorative aspect is apparent in the fact that the figure group and the marble columns have been drawn forward, giving them the appearance of being close to the decorated surface itself. Behind them, the space is emphatically restricted by a balustrade running parallel with the picture’s surface.

The motif

The kneeling man proffering a ring to the woman is Aeneas, the founder of Rome whose tale is told by Virgil (70 BCE - 19 BCE) in the Aeneid. After escaping the Greek conquest of Troy Aeneas reached the estuary of the Tiber, where the king of Latium gave him his daughter Lavinia to be his wife.


Close-up or another view

Here you can zoom-in on the work for a close-up view of all of the details. - Or you can gain a new understanding about the work by watching films where researchers, conservators and artists talk about the work from their viewpoint.


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More views of the work – see the films

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - the artist's view
The artist Lillibeth Cuenca Rasmussen tells about Giovanni Battista Tiepolos painting: Latinus Offering his Daugther Lavinia to Aneas in Matrimony.

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Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Producer: Martin Køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Lillibeth Cuenca Rasmussen


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - in the conservator’s view
Our conservator Troels Filtenborg tells about Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's painting: Latinus Offering his Daugther Lavinia to Aneas in Matrimony.

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Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Producer: Martin Køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Troels Filtenborg


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - in the researcher's view
Our senior researcher Eva de la Fuente Pedersen tells about Giovanni Battista Tiepolos painting: Latinus Offering his Daugther Lavinia to Aneas in Matrimony.

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Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Producer: Martin Køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Eva de la Fuente Pedersen


Updated: 15.oct.2014
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