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Metropolitan Museum of Art – Allegory of the Planets and Continents: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1696-1770)

This picture, Tiepolo‘s largest and most dazzling oil sketch, shows Apollo about to embark on his daily course across the sky. Deities around the sun god symbolize the planets and allegorical figures on the cornice represent the four continents. Tiepolo presented this preliminary sketch to Carl Philipp von Greiffenklau, the prince-bishop of Würzburg, on April 20, 1752, … Continue reading

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