Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770) was celebrated by his contemporaries as “the best painter of Venice”. Born in Venice, he became one of the most important artists of the eighteenth century – as sought-after in Italy as he was in Würzburg or Madrid. To mark the 250th anniversary of his death, we are putting
together a major exhibition which will showcase the museum’s first-rate holdings of the artist in the wider context of outstanding works drawn from public and private collections in Europe and overseas. The exhibition is the first in the German-speaking world to focus on Tiepolo’s career in its entirety and to shed light on the diversity of his oeuvre – from elegant paintings with mythological or historical subjects to dramatic religious pictures as well as caricatures, drawings and etchings.

As a modern response to Tiepolo, we present works by Christoph Brech, whose multimedia pieces, among them a video created especially for the exhibition, are the result of the artist’s dialogic engagement with the works of the Venetian master.


The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue. Available at the museum shop for 29,90 €.


Accompanying the exhibition, the Graphik Kabinett is presenting the show La Serenissima. Italian Drawings from the 16th to the 18th Century.

Film about the exhibition

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