From 21 May to 31 October the city of Udine will host a major exhibition dedicated to Giambattista Tiepolo ‘s graphic work. The exhibition Giambattista Tiepolo tra scherzo e capriccio aims to shed a new and stronger light on one of Tiepolo’ s less well known aspects. According to art critics, these 35 works which the artist created around 1750 are full of strange, mysterious symbols which until now no one has been able to decipher. Apparently they are just like a secret code that only few adepts could read and understand.
The Art world is agog with excitement over Ritratto di Flora , a portrait painted in the 18th century by Gimbattista Tiepolo and now rediscovered by Christie‘s. This famous painting commissioned by Empress Elizabeth of Russia has lain untouched in the same private collection for over 200 years.
Since the portrait was deemed too risqué to be hung in the grand salons (the painting shows a half-naked woman adorned with flowers and a single pearl), the French owners hid it in the attic of their castle for two centuries. The identity of the girl who posed for Giambattista Tiepolo is still unknown, though a few critics have suggested the name of Christina, the daughter of a famous gondolier.
Christie’s will put the painting on the block on 2nd December. Estimate: £700,000 - £900,000