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Head of a Philosopher

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Italian, 1727–1804

About this artwork

Giandomenico Tiepolo collaborated with his father and artistic tutor, Giambattista, on his greatest projects, including the decoration of the Royal Palace in Madrid (1762–64). After his father’s death in 1770, Giandomenico emerged as a highly original artist who was particularly adept at depicting popular activities and amusements in a humorous manner. This is one of a group of fanciful heads of philosophers that the artist executed in response to a similar painted series by Giambattista from 1757–58. Despite its source, Giandomenico’s lighter, more dashing work represents a distinct departure from his father’s style.


On View, Gallery 217


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo


Head of a Philosopher


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


60.5 × 45.8 cm (23 3/4 × 18 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Richard E. Danielson and Mrs. Chauncey McCormick

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