Author: Giandomenico Tiepolo
DATE: 1747-49 POSITION: crucifix oratory METHOD: oil painting
The church of San Polo hosts various interesting works from Giandomenico Tiepolo, son of the famous Giambattista. The pieces represent a rare example of autonomy work conducted by the artist.
The series was executed by the artist between 1747 and 1749, in the period right before the family's departure to Würzburg, in Germany, where they obtained the first foreign commission and where they would stay for three years to complete the work.
The series consists of the Via Crucis, four canvases that illustrate the saints' lives and two large circular works on the ceiling.
The Via Crucis is a work by the young Giandomenico Tiepolo, even though immature, he shows all the essential qualifications in his art that will differentiate him from his father. (The later, has completely conformed to ordinary painting, enough so that the critics have a hard time attributing his works of art).
Tiepolo's style has a deeply rooted bond with reality, an almost bourgeois rhetoric, and an indifference for the sacred mystery which separates him from his father, who represents the ancient regime.
A clear example is the VIII Station: Jesus consoles the pious women, where the artist is surely more interessed in the crowd instead of the episode of the passion. The figures are dressed with a sumptuous wardrobe, their looks are indifferent, and they don't participate to the dramatic nature of the event.
Even the colors are different than those of his father: Giandomenico plays with a more dull tonality of colors, and is more restrained.