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Image of Magician with Two Other Principal Figures Regarding a Burning Pyre...

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Italian, 1696–1770

Magician with Two Other Principal Figures Regarding a Burning Pyre...

about 1750
From the series, Scherzi di Fantasia

Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Southern Europe, Italian
Dimensions:
8 7/8 in. x 7 in. (22.54 cm x 17.78 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching on paper
Accession Number: 1989.0007

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.


Tiepolo's images from the "Scherzi di Fantasia" are thematically similar in their representation of figures and symbols associated with fantasy and magic. In this print, the artist has inluded an elderly magician, and at the lower left an owl. The owl was a symbol of knowledge, and in the eighteenth century specifically that knowledge associated with the Holy Inquisition of the Catholic Church. The burning pyre with a human skull also suggests ancient mysticism and divinations that, in the eighteenth century, were quickly giving way to societies of enlightened rationalism.

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