The Louvre acquires a monumental Venetian work by Tiepolo

The Louvre has acquired a monumental work by Giambattista Tiepolo that decorated a room in Palazzo Sagredo in Venice.

The Louvre has acquired a major work by Giambattista Tiepolo, Juno among the Clouds, created in about 1735 and destined for the Sagredo Palace in Venice. The acquisition was made possible thanks to a private collector and thanks to the patronage of the Society of Friends of the Louvre, which supported the transaction with 1.5 million euros.

The work depicts Juno alone, out of narrative context, in an abstract, luminous space. Dressed in a short-sleeved white shirt and a loose light pink dress, the goddess can be identified by the presence of a peacock.

She had been commissioned by Gerardo Sagredo, who held the important position of procurator of San Marco, to decorate the ceiling of a room in Palazzo Sagredo. In the late 19th or early 20th century, the work was removed from the building with other decorative elements. Separated from its original support, reassembled on a wooden mount, it is mentioned in Paris in 1910.

With more than three hundred Italian paintings from between the 17th and 18th centuries on display in its permanent collection, the Louvre offers an unparalleled presentation of the painting of Italy from that era. By Giambattista Tiepolo, the Paris museum venue has only small ones. Now, Juno in the Clouds, an extraordinary work in terms of its size (3.50 x 2.10 meters) and well-identified provenance, will, upon completion of careful restoration, allow us to understand the monumental ambition of his creation.

Image: Giambattista Tiepolo, Juno among the Clouds, detail (ca. 1735; 3.50 x 2.10 m; Paris, Louvre) Ph.Credit Hervé Lewandowski.

The Louvre acquires a monumental Venetian work by Tiepolo
The Louvre acquires a monumental Venetian work by Tiepolo

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