The Patron Saints of the Crotta Family, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Patron Saints of the Crotta Family
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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

The Patron Saints of the Crotta Family, ca. 1750


Dimensions
194.0 x 318.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1441
Acquisition
Acquired in 1908 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung
Status
On display

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About the Work

Until the Städel acquired it in 1902, Tiepolo’s painting was still in the Venetian palazzo of the Crotta family, who had once commissioned it. It shows a legendary episode from the history of that patrician dynasty, which had come from – and ruled – Bergamo. When the sovereign’s daughter Grata brings her heathen father the severed head of the martyred St Alexander, from which sweet-smelling flowers have sprouted, he converts to Christianity. Tiepolo stages the incident like a play, with dramatic gestures and luminous colours in a splendid architectural setting.

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  • 01:30
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  • 01:22
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  • Kunst|Stück – Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Die Heiligen der Familie Crotta
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Die Heiligen der Familie Crotta (um 1750), Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/die-heiligen-der-familie-crotta#yt

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The Patron Saints of the Crotta Family
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Oil on canvas
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© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1908 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung

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  • 48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture

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06.08.2019