The Immaculate Conception, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo – overview of the painting

The Immaculate Conception, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Tiepolo
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1767-1769

Overview of the painting :

Immaculate Conception – Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Oil on canvas. 281 x 155

   The numerous fresco cycles created by the largest artist of the Venetian school show the novelty of the worldview and the scope of artistic undertakings born in the Age of Enlightenment. Tjepolo was a wonderful decorator, painted churches and salons of villas, halls of public buildings, and created altar images. The master of frescoes and engravings turned to the tradition of Venetian culture of the 16th century.

   In the picture “The Immaculate Conception” of the Virgin, under whose feet the globe is depicted, soars in the sky. It is surrounded by angels, a white dove, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, has opened its wings over the head of the Virgin. The superiority of Our Lady over earthly evil personifies the palm tree, which lies in the foreground. Mary kicks up a snake with an apple in her mouth, symbolizing original sin. The postulate that the Mother of God is the mirror of all virtues confirms the mirror depicted on the canvas.