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Tiepolo Pink

(2009)
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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 Würzburg 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 sprezzatura, the art of not seeming artful.

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February 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tiepolo Pink
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-224-08207-8 / 978-0-224-08207-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bodley Head
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October 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tiepolo Pink
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-307-26766-0 / 978-0-307-26766-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tiepolo Pink
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-375-71208-9 / 978-0-375-71208-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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February 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tiepolo Pink
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 1-84595-132-8 / 978-1-84595-132-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pimlico
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June 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tiepolo Pink
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tiepolo Pink
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Knopf
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