G. B. Tiepolo at Valmarana: Gender Ideology in a Patrician Villa of the Settecento

Broude, Norma
June 2009
Art Bulletin;Jun2009, Vol. 91 Issue 2, p160
Academic Journal
This article discusses various wall decorations painted by the Venetian artist Giambattista Tiepolo, or Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, at the Villa Valmarana ai Nani in San Sebastiano, Vicenza, Italy, around 1757. Tiepolo painted various frescoes from Roman mythology, based on the epic poetry of Homer, Virgil, Ludovico Ariosto, and Torquato Tasso. The author states that this is a departure from the traditional artwork of the time, which focused on domestic scenes. She suggests that Tiepolo's imagery promotes a negative, regressive gendered perspective of women, characterizing them as either victims, sorceresses, or temptresses.


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