Tiepolo Pink (Paperback)

By Roberto Calasso, Alastair McEwen (Translator)
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The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his life executing commissions in churches, palaces, and villas, often covering vast ceilings like those at the Wurzburg Residenz in Germany and the Royal Palace in Madrid with frescoes that are among the glories of Western art. The life of an epoch swirled around him but though his contemporaries appreciated and admired him, they failed to understand him.
Few have even attempted to tackle Tiepolo's series of thirty-three bizarre and haunting etchings, the "Capricci" and the "Scherzi," but Roberto Calasso rises to the challenge, interpreting them as chapters in a dark narrative that contains the secret of Tiepolo's art. Blooming ephebes, female Satyrs, Oriental sages, owls, snakes: we will find them all, as well as Punchinello and Death, within the pages of this book, along with Venus, Time, Moses, numerous angels, Cleopatra, and Beatrice of Burgundy a motley company always on the go.
Calasso makes clear that Tiepolo was more than a dazzling intermezzo in the history of painting. Rather, he represented a particular way of meeting the challenge of form: endowed with a fluid, seemingly effortless style, Tiepolo was the last incarnation of that peculiar Italian virtue of "sprezzatura," the art of not seeming artful.

About the Author

Roberto Calasso, publisher of Adelphi in Milan, is the author of many books, among them "The Ruin of Kasch", "The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony", "Ka", "K.", and "Tiepolo Pink".

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.

Praise For…

“Calasso has written a brilliant, eccentric, provocative, annoying, and thoroughly splendid celebration of a great painter.” —John Banville, The New Republic

“The next best thing to visiting Europe and seeing the painter’s work . . . Calasso is one of the most demanding and intoxicating critics writing today.” —Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375712081
ISBN-10: 0375712089
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 6th, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English