Tiepolo Pink (Penguin Modern Classics) (UK Edition)

November 1, 2020
Tiepolo Pink (Penguin Modern Classics) (UK Edition)

'Tiepolo: the last breath of happiness in Europe'The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolospent his life creating frescoes that are among the glories ofWestern art, yet he remains shrouded in mystery. Who was he? Andwhat was the significance of the dark, bizarre etchings depictingsacrifice and magic, which he created alongside his heavenly works?Roberto Calasso explores Tiepolo as the last artist of theancien régime and at the same time the first example ofthe "painter of modern life" evoked by Baudelaire. He was theincarnation of that peculiar Italian virtue sprezzatura:the art of not seeming artful.Translated by Alastair McEwen'A brilliant, eccentric, provocative . . . and thoroughlysplendid celebration of a great painter' John Banville, The NewRepublic'Calasso is a myth-maker ... a book that treats paintings as akind of sorcery' Peter Conrad, Observer