Two Men in Oriental Costume
This painting is part of the group: Four Decorative Scenes

This decorative canvas is one in a series of four, which alongside larger narrative paintings (National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and The Art Institute, Chicago) once graced a ‘cabinet of mirrors’ in the Venetian palace of the powerful Cornaro family. The theme of the room was based on Torquato Tasso’s epic poem 'Jerusalem Delivered' (1581). Three of the paintings in the collection (NG6302, NG6303 and NG6304) are documented through etchings (in reverse) by Domenico and Lorenzo Tiepolo as the work of their father. 

In this panel two men in oriental costume are shown in a landscape which includes a shield. This may refer to the episode in Tasso's 'Jerusalem Delivered' (16, 30), represented in Rinaldo turning in Shame from the Magic Shield.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1696 - 1770
Full title
Two Men in Oriental Costume
Group
Date made
about 1740-6
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
159.1 x 53.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1960
Inventory number
NG6302
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Four Decorative Scenes

Painting
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
about 1740-6
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 'Rinaldo turning in Shame from the Magic Shield'
Painting
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
about 1740-6
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 'Seated Man, Woman with Jar, and Boy'
Painting
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
about 1740-6
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 'Two Orientals seated under a Tree'